WW1 the­atre show will raise cash for ex ser­vice per­son­nel

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A THE­ATRE group which raises money for char­ity through its shows is com­ing to Bolling­ton.

Mem­bers of the M.Y. The­atre and Film Com­pany will per­form a new show at Bolling­ton Arts Cen­tre on Satur­day, April 2.

The group is made up of pro­fes­sional and semi pro­fes­sional ac­tors who per­form at events in Cheshire and Stafford­shire and raise money for char­ity.

It was founded in 2010 by Jill Young and Steve Mitchell who have been work­ing in pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur the­atre, ed­u­ca­tion and with peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties for 25 years.

The group’s Bolling­ton per­for­mance will com­mem­o­rate the First World War.

Jill said: “It’s a spe­cially writ­ten piece re­volv­ing around a lo­cal fam­ily. It’s fic­tional but his­tor­i­cally cor­rect.

“This mov­ing piece is set dur­ing World War One and is an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing only be­ing per­formed once be­fore at an ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing.

“Dur­ing the in­ter­val we are hold­ing a mini street party. In true spirit there will be tea and cake and to fin­ish we are host­ing a Vera Lynn type wartime sing-a-long to cap­ture the at­mos­phere of the time.

“It prom­ises to be a unique event and all prof­its will go to the char­ity Com­bat Stress which helps ex mil­i­tary peo­ple to ad­just to civil­ian life and to cope with post trau­matic stress dis­or­der and sim­i­lar is­sues.

“This char­ity doesn’t re­ceive as much ex­po­sure as Help for He­roes, which is why we are sup­port­ing it so strongly.

“None of the per­form­ers take pay­ment and we hope peo­ple will sup­port the event.”

The group has raised funds for Macmil­lan nurses, Can­cer Re­search UK, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Help for He­roes, The Christie and for in­di­vid­u­als over the years.

●● Mem­bers of the M.Y The­atre and Film Com­pany in cos­tume for the show at Bolling­ton Arts Cen­tre

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