Vet­eran ac­tor stages fundraiser for Mary’s Meals

The Oban Times - - News -

ALL THE world has been a stage for Keith Bartlett but now the Shake­spearean ac­tor is tak­ing a break from his day job to raise £250,000 for Dal­mally-based char­ity Mary’s Meals.

While per­form­ing with the Globe to Globe pro­duc­tion of Ham­let, where a com­pany from the Globe Theatre per­formed

Ham­let in ev­ery coun­try in the world in just two years, Keith was in­spired to sup­port Mary’s Meals after see­ing the in­equal­ity wrought by poverty in many of the coun­tries he vis­ited.

Keith has al­ready kicked- off his fundrais­ing ef­forts, rais­ing £10,000 from a com­mem­o­ra­tive book chart­ing his jour­ney around the world.

Keith swapped copies of Ham­let: The Great­est Theatre Tour on Earth for do­na­tions at the fi­nal night of the Globe to Globe tour, and even man­aged to gift copies to the Queen of Den­mark and Barack Obama’s en­tourage when they at­tended pro­duc­tions on the tour.

Keith said: ‘The idea of Mary’s Meals seemed to have such a solid logic be­hind it. Ed­u­ca­tion is surely one of the best ways to try and help peo­ple out of poverty and to be­come self-suf­fi­cient.

‘Hav­ing seen so many chil­dren emerg­ing from im­pov­er­ished house­holds in im­mac­u­late school uni­forms and walk­ing miles to school, it was ob­vi­ous to me how high a pri­or­ity ed­u­ca­tion is to many from de­prived back­grounds.’

To buy a copy of Ham­let: The Great­est Theatre Tour on Earth send a cheque for £10.50 to Mary’s Meals c/o Keith Bartlett, 32 Gap Road, Wim­ble­don, SW19 8JG.

Fresh from The Globe’s world tour, Keith Bartlett be­gins a year’s hia­tus from act­ing to raise £250,000 for school feed­ing char­ity Mary’s Meals. Pho­to­graph: Mark Destouches

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