Cham­pion per­form­ers on tour

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - INTIMATIONS -

Young South Africans are ar­riv­ing in the re­gion on Sun­day to per­form at three venues and to sam­ple Scot­tish cul­ture.

The pro­fes­sional theatre group, Cham­pi­ons, is bring­ing its in­au­gu­ral tour­ing show to the UK and the first stop is Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

Cham­pi­ons Tale will premier at the Wig­town Book Fes­ti­val on Sun­day.

It will also be per­formed at The Fuller­tonTheatre in Cas­tle Dou­glas on Oc­to­ber 13 and at The Usual Place cafe in Dum­fries the fol­low­ing night at 7.30pm.

The visit is down to Kirkcud­bright’s Emma Picken who co-founded a South African and Scot­tish char­ity, BE United, in 2013.

She said: “South Africa is a won­der­ful place, it’s burst­ing at the seams with tal­ent. The peo­ple of South Africa have cap­tured my heart. I am so ex­cited and proud to be bring­ing the Cham­pi­ons to Scot­land and to my lo­cal area.

“It is a huge mo­ment for me pro­fes­sion­ally and for the Cham­pi­ons as this is their first ever in­ter­na­tional tour.

“This Oc­to­ber will be very ex­cit­ing and a month of many firsts. We have pro­duced an ex­cep­tional show which will entertain and touch our au­di­ences.”

Cham­pi­ons founder Tin­kler Delwa is look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

He said: “My dream is to en­gage with each and ev­ery com­mu­nity around Emma Picken and Boysie Gumede

the world and tell the real life of South African peo­ple and also learn about other cul­tures.“

Af­ter each per­for­mance, au­di­ences are in­vited into a di­a­logue with the cast to gain deeper in­sight and un­der­stand­ing into each other’s lives.

Tick­ets for Cham­pi­ons Tale are avail­able at the Mid-Steeple box of­fice and at The Fuller­ton Theatre.

Char­ity founders

Cham­pi­ons Mem­bers of the theatre group

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