Oliver! community musical teams up with Lowestoft Foodbank
PUBLISHED: 09:21 31 May 2018
Producers for the community musical Oliver! - currently in production by The Seagull and Marina Theatre for performances in August - have teamed up with Lowestoft Foodbank.
The link-up comes as part of an effort to promote the show and also raise funds and supplies for the charity that is working to combat poverty and hunger across the area.
Karen Read, manager of the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield and one of the producers, said: “It felt like a really appropriate alliance. The whole aim of working together is to show the strength of what we can achieve as a partnership but also to contribute to the community in the process.”
Emma Butler Smith, chief executive officer at the Marina Theatre, was equally enthusiastic. She said: “Poverty and hunger are big themes in Oliver and, sadly, just as relevant today so we approached the Foodbank and were delighted when they felt it was a good match.”
Ben Parish, from Lowestoft Foodbank said: “We are very pleased to be supporting the collaborative production of Oliver! by The Seagull and Marina Theatre.
“The topic of food poverty is still as relevant in 2018 as it was when Dickens wrote Oliver Twist. We are working with churches and community organisations across Lowestoft and the surrounding areas to support people in need, signpost them to other services, and to play our part in reducing food poverty.”
On Sunday, June 24 from 11am to 5pm at The Seagull Theatre people can contribute or donate food and use the Pakefield car park as a drop off point as well as promoting a new initiative from the foodbank - an option to donate via direct debit to help with the overheads involved in running the project and the buildings. You can also book tickets for Oliver! and save on the booking fee by getting the code on the day.
With an amazing cast and a production team from the area - including local drama and music groups - the show is going to be something special.
Tickets start from £11.75 – £13.75, with performances running from August 23 to September 1.
To book, call the box office on 01502 533200 or visit www.marinatheatre.co.uk