Celebrities laud theatre group

David Dimbleby
David Dimbleby

TWO CELEBRITIES have given their support to a community theatre group set up in Hailsham by becoming patrons.

David Dimbleby, the BBC Question Time presenter who lives in Folkington near Polegate, and film and TV actor Richard Graham, have officially backed the Ropemaker Theatre Company (RTC) set up by resident John Wilders last year.

The theatre group which wants to develop theatre culture in the town and bring audiences to local professional theatre productions at Hailsham Pavilion.

David Dimbleby said: “The Ropemaker is a great idea. Like, I suspect, many people who live around here,

“I look forward very much to their productions.”

Sharon Davis, chairwoman of RTC, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that Mr Dimbleby has agreed to advocate the RTC, Hailsham’s new, exciting and progressive theatre company.

“This is all about prestige, about lifting the company.”

The RTC approached a number of actors asking for their support and the committee was thrilled when Richard Graham gave his full support.

She added: “Richard is not only a great actor but he has a real understanding of the power and importance of community theatre and the benefits that the arts can bring to everyone.

“His involvement in the work we are developing at RTC accentuates that belief.”

“Both David Dimbleby and Richard Graham have given us permission to use their names and my colleagues at RTC and I feel quite excited about it.”

Patron Richard Graham said: “What fantastic news for Hailsham and the region - its first professional theatre in the glorious Hailsham Pavilion.”

“To be at the beginning of anything is always inspiring and to be asked to act as patron of the Ropemaker Theatre Company is a huge honour for me. Congratulations to RTC. I can’t wait for the opening night!”

RTC is currently working on its exciting stage debut, ‘The Comedy of Terrors’ on September 4.