Appeal for backing to help involve young

March 28 2018
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THE Wells Theatre Festival is asking more people to contribute to a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to support community activity around the event.

The fundraising campaign run through crowdfunding website Kickstarter has a target of £8,000 which must be raised by April 23. Money raised will help fund the running costs of the community production of Romeo and Juliet and other technical elements of the festival.

It will also ensure that as many young people as possible have the opportunity to take part through the provision of transport to and from the festival for local school children.
The theatre festival, the first in Wells, takes place from July 12-15.

Artistic director Ros Johnson said: “The festival will go ahead whatever happens and we are doing really well with generous sponsorship from a number of local businesses which is making this possible.

“However at the heart of this festival is the objective of ensuring that the local community, and most especially young people, have the chance to experience high quality theatre and get the opportunity to participate themselves. To make this possible we need to raise £8,000 through Kickstarter by April 23.”

Tickets have now gone on sale for the festival, which includes a mix of world class theatre and performance as well as a series of workshops run by leading theatre practitioners including Sir Richard Eyre, Clarke Peters, Dominic Mafham and Harry Burton.

Jonathan Guy Lewis’ production of I Found My Horn is based on Jasper Rees’ best selling book about his experience of setting out to renew his relationship with the instrument he hadn’t touched for 31 years.

Fresh from sell out shows on Broadway and the Edinburgh Fringe, acclaimed forensic mind reader Colin Cloud will bring Psycho (Logical) to Wells.

For young children, The Fabularium’s Reynard the Fox is a new piece of outdoor theatre for family audiences of all ages performed on The Fabularium’s traditional wooden cart. It will feature storytelling, puppetry, original live music and The Fabularium’s bespoke animal headpieces.

The centre piece of the festival is the community performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet performed entirely by local residents. Beth Millward, aged 16, from Shepton Mallet, and Julian Laws, aged 15, from Blagdon, take the title roles.

A percentage of the profits from the festival’s first year will go to Antony Nolan, the charity that works to save and improve the lives of everyone who needs a stem cell transplant.

To donate to the Kickstarter campaign, visit www.bit.ly/WTfest18. To buy tickets, go to wellstheatrefestival.org