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Future looking bright at theatre

PUBLISHED: 19:32 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 05 July 2010

THE Seagull Theatre at Pake-field is beginning to attract comm-unity groups and evenings of enter-tainment helping to further secure its future.

On Saturday an old time music hall evening raised more than £1,000 to be split between the Morton Road theatre and the Sandra Chapman Unit at the James Paget University Hospital.

THE Seagull Theatre at Pake-field is beginning to attract comm-unity groups and evenings of enter-tainment helping to further secure its future.

On Saturday an old time music hall evening raised more than £1,000 to be split between the Morton Road theatre and the Sandra Chapman Unit at the James Paget University Hospital.

And a new computer course is being developed which has attracted more than 100 people. Penny Hutch is setting up the Silvers Surfers project to provide an educational resource centre.

It will help older learners get to grips with computers, digital cameras and mobile phones, and will be run on a drop-in basis in a lounge style. A buddy system will also be encouraged, pairing up students of similar skills to enjoying learning together, as well as mini tutorials.

However Mrs Hutch, who has 110 people signed up, has no funding to buy laptops.

She said: “We would gratefully accept any laptops from companies who are upgrading their hardware and we would publicly acknowledge their contribution to this exciting community development.”

Meanwhile, Zoiyar Cole and Janet Ellis, both Pride in the Community Champions, linked up with the Quaysiders Amateur Dramatics Society at the weekend to provide an evening of entertainment to raise the roof of the Seagull.

Taking part were Bob McNeil Watson, Marion Small, Brenda Fullelove, Michael Mills, Ivan Whomes, a group of Egyptian Dancers and Jamie Minns.

Laurie Atkins appeared as Liza Doolittle and presented songs from Oliver! as well as leading the audience and company in Rule Britannia in the Last Night of the Proms finale.

Mrs Small said everyone gave their time freely and would be happy to present an old time music hall evening for fundraising, for anyone who wishes to approach them.

The evening also included a game of Irish bingo.

Anyone with a laptop to donate to the Silver Surfers can email penny.hutch@tesco.net or telephone 01502 525838.

Anyone interested in hiring the Seagull can call Lowestoft Enterprise on 01502 580909.

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