Danc­ing their way into the Ste­wartry

The Galloway News - - NEWS - An­drew McNair

A Kirkcud­bright woman has suc­cess­fully se­cured fund­ing to bring an un­der­priv­i­leged dance-act from South Africa to Scot­land.

Emma Picken, co-founder of char­ity BE United, was un­able to crowd­fund the £18,000 re­quired but the £3,000 she did col­lect, added to grants and gig money, means the 15 cast mem­bers are all set for their first UK visit.

As a re­sult, Cham­pi­ons Tale will now be per­formed in Cas­tle Dou­glas, Dum­fries and Wig­town next month.

Emma said: “We got some fund­ing from Ed­in­burgh Coun­cil and from al­ready se­cured gigs. With the crowd­fund­ing we can pay the flights.

“We are now go­ing to start sell­ing tick­ets so peo­ple can get in­volved by ac­tu­ally com­ing to see the show.

“We will be at the Fullerton The­atre in Cas­tle Dou­glas on Oc­to­ber 13 and in Dum­fries on the 14th although we are still con­firm­ing the venue.

“First we are at the Wig­town book fes­ti­val on Oc­to­ber 1.”

The stars of the show are al­ready chap­ping at the bit to visit the coun­try and per­form.

“We are all ex­cited about this op­por­tu­nity,” said Pro­fes­sor Lephafa.

“We have in­vested hard work and ded­i­ca­tion. Even though we have chal­lenges we do not lose our fo­cus.”

Dance mem­ber Londiwe Mabaso said: “For me it means a lot, it’s a dream come true I am very ex­cited to come to Scot­land, this is such a great op­por­tu­nity.”

Tick­ets for the Cas­tle Dou­glas show can be bought via www.the­fullar­ton.co.uk/ events.

BE United Emma Picken, from Kirkcud­bright, and Boysie Gumede of BE United

Cham­pi­ons Tale Mem­bers of the dance crew are head­ing to the re­gion

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