Musical in memory of close friend Barrie

Penny Black - on at The Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourneon Saturday, September 28
Penny Black - on at The Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourneon Saturday, September 28
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Local playwright and Macmillan volunteer John Collings is staging a musical to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, after a close friend died of cancer.

John explained, “Barrie Smith, my close friend’s last wishes before he died was for me to raise funds for Macmillan as the nurses who visited him where so helpful during his last days on earth”.

The musical is entitled ‘Penny Black’ which, according to John, “follows a woman’s life with her dominating husband and show’s how, despite her circumstances, she manages to discover her own hidden talents and find true love.

“I used to be a counsellor and I became aware in my work, that although there are lots of happy marriages, there are some marriages that are not working and in some cases the wife is being oppressed by the husband.

“So I wrote ’Penny Black’ to try to give a voice to these women who are suffering in our community.

“As Barrie was a big campaigner for women rights, and felt deep concern about all oppressed people all over the world, I felt this musical was the one most appropriate to stage.”

Penny Black is a romantic musical comedy and is being staged at the Under Ground Theatre (below the central library) tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm).

Tickets are only £5 and can be obtained from Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre, by ringing 01323 640955 or at the door.