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Smart new shirts donated to help drama group

PUBLISHED: 11:57 02 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:57 02 February 2017

Kessingland Amateur Dramatics club with Lowestoft Lions members after the t-shirts were presented. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Kessingland Amateur Dramatics club with Lowestoft Lions members after the t-shirts were presented. Pictures: MICK HOWES

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A new amateur theatrical group can now be more easily identified - thanks to help from a community organisation, who have supplied new branded T-shirts for the members.

Kessingland Amateur Dramatics club presentation. Amanda Hadjkura and Lowestoft Lions members Robin Smith and Derek Ward. Pictures: MICK HOWESKessingland Amateur Dramatics club presentation. Amanda Hadjkura and Lowestoft Lions members Robin Smith and Derek Ward. Pictures: MICK HOWES

The Kessingland Amateur Dramatics club, which is only in its second year, has been given the new tops by Lowestoft Lions club to help publicise the group.

The principal and chairman of the organisation is Amanda Hadjkura, who started the group by advertising around her home village of Kessingland.

She explained that she is a paraplegic and wheelchair bound due to the loss of use of her legs and body to several auto-immune diseases three years ago.

Having brought her own children up through dancing school then theatre school, she decided to channel her remaining energy into something she loved instead of remaining in her hospital bed at home.

Mrs Hadjkura said: “I run the drama group with the help of my family and our students ages currently range from three-years-old up to 40. We meet at Kessingland Sports and Social Centre, in Francis Road, where the hall has a stage where the group performs our shows.

“My aim is to bring together all ages in the village, who have an interest in drama or enjoy singing and dancing. We are really grateful to Lowestoft Lions for the new tee shirts, which will help to give us an identity.”

Jamal Hadjkura added: “Our first production was a musical about Second World War memories that mum had written and directed and it was a huge success. That was followed by a full Disney musical featuring singing and dancing, which attracted an audience of around 100. The latest production is due to be performed in September and it will be a period drama based in Victorian times and is titled Elizabeth.

“We are still looking for new members and would also like to see more boys joining the group. We meet every Saturday at 9.30am for two to three hours and teach drama techniques through improvisation, drama games and memory training to help with learning scripts.”

■ For further information about the group contact hadjkura@tiscali.co.uk

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