Charity show in Hailsham scrapped as just three audition

The show would have taken place at Hailsham Pavilion
The show would have taken place at Hailsham Pavilion

A community show to raise funds for war heroes and poorly children has been cancelled after only three people turned up to audition.

Ropemaker Theatre Company Limited (RTC Ltd) was to hold Celebrating the Good Olde Days at the Hailsham Pavilion on November 9.

It appealed for talented jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians, and acrobats to come forward and audition for the community show which would have raised funds for Help for Heroes and Demelza.

But at the audition on September 28 just three acts turned up and organisers decided to scrap the production.

Sharon Davis, from the theatre company, said: “Regrettably only three acts turned up. And they were all incredibly talented.

“Tony Flood is a comedian in the Les Dawson mode. His ironic humour regarding his observations on married life had the judges laughing non-stop. Janet Lee Hogan sang a trio of songs so loved by Good Olde Days audiences.

“While Pam Robinson delighted the judges with her Stanley Holloway monologues, complete with Lancashire accent.

“RTC Ltd were looking for ten acts and as this wasn’t achieved it is with great regret to announce that the planned Celebrating the Good Olde Days has been cancelled.

“The planned evening was to be extra special because it was not only for the local community but by the community.

“If Celebrating the Good Olde Days had gone ahead, RTC Ltd’s founder John Wilders had hoped to meet representatives from Help The Heroes and Demelza prior to the show to discuss the plan of donating to them £2 from every £10 ticket sold.

“Sadly, that will not now happen.”

Tony Flood said it was a shame the show had been cancelled but he was sure another project would come up in the future.

He said: “It is a great shame it is not going ahead but I am confident that another exciting project will come up in the near future.

“I would be very happy to work with their talented team.”

RTC Ltd said it would also like to extend its gratitude to those who had made enquiries to purchase tickets for the show.

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