14/02/15 The Broadstairs Dickens Festival - Fund raiser and appeal

The first fund raising event of the year  is a delicious cream tea at the Sarah Thorne Theatre on Saturday 21st February at 2.30pm.Music maestros with a love of the past are being sought by Broadstairs Dickens Festival.

Due to the retirement of The Marley Players, the 2015 musical hall programme requires a new team. The festival committee is looking for a producer and performers to stage a new show for this year. The Marley Players' Victorian musical hall evenings have been a regular part of the Festival's programme and is something that organisers are very keen to retain.

The Festival play, now managed by Sarah Thorne Theatre's director Michael Wheatley Ward underwent a similar revamp last year and now a similar injection of new life is hoped for the musical hall shows.

Festival organiser Louise Woodcock said: "In the past the musical hall has been a significant part of the festival. The Marley Players have given a tremendous contribution. We appreciate that.

"Now they have stepped down there is the opportunity for someone to breath new life into our cameo from the past.

We need more performers to come forward of course, but first we are looking for a professional or s emi-amateur producer or theatre group. We need someone to run the shows completely."

Broadstairs Festival musical halls shows are a gently cheeky echo of the bawdy, rowdy Victorian performances that the TV programme The Good Old Days was based on. For more information call Louise on 07763 866624. Broadstairs Dickens Festival will be held June 14 to 20. See www.broadstairsdickensfestival.co.uk

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