Uckfield Theatre Guild delighted with donation

THEY might have been rehearsing ‘Below Stairs’ but a cheque presented to a local am dram group ensured their production will deliver show-stopping entertainment.

Last Saturday members of the Uckfield Theatre Guild received a cheque from the town’s Waitrose store for £156. It was presented by customer services manager Mark Watts and the money was raised through the store’s Community Matters scheme.

Uckfield Theatre Guild are currently rehearsing for their upcoming show, ‘Below Stairs.’  An original show created by Trevor Pilling and Alan Lewis, ‘Below Stairs’ is a musical comedy based on the life of the servants in a large house, set at the outbreak of World War I. The main character is Lucy Ambleside, a lady’s maid with big ambitions. She works with the dour Mr. Town and Doris the cook who is stern but also fond of a tipple. Lucy has caught the eye of local policeman Tom but he is sent off to fight. The production features Emmeline Pankhurst with her group of Suffragettes singing a rousing song called ‘Votes for Women’ and there is a touching solo from the trenches called ‘When I’m Alone at Night.’ The show is packed with toe-tapping music, romance and plenty of humour.

The performances will take place at Uckfield Community Technical College from Thursday to Saturday, April 12-14, plus a charity matinee on Saturday. Details will be on posters around the town and tickets will soon be available from The Flower Shop, 128 High Street, Uckfield. You will also be able to buy yourself some home made fayre at the Edwardian tea-room in the interval and try your luck at the raffle.

This show has been created with an extra aim, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Uckfield Theatre Guild will collect donations after each performance and the High Street Cancer Research shop is advertising the production. Details at www.uckfieldtheatreguild.co.uk or 01825 762782 or 0771 4074949.