Charity concert scrapped

john wilders and linda francis, co-director. Hailsham's ropemaker theatre company
john wilders and linda francis, co-director. Hailsham's ropemaker theatre company

A charity concert to raise cash for war heroes and sick children has had to be scrapped because of a lack of interest from people willing to take to the stage.

When the Ropemaker Theatre Company Limited announced plans to stage Celebrating the Good Olde Days at Hailsham Pavillion, it was swamped with enquiries from local people who wanted to join in the fun.

The company was on the look out for all types of acts – jugglers, magicians, actors, singers, comedians and acrobats – to tread the boards in the November show.

But when it came to auditions at the end of September only three acts turned up which led theatre company bosses to have to scrap the production.

Sharon Davis from the company said, “Regrettably only three acts turned up.

“We were looking for 10 acts and as this wasn’t achieved it is with great regret to announce that the planned production has been cancelled.

“The evening was to be extra special because it was not only for the local community but by the community.

“If it had gone ahead. RTC Ltd’s founder John Wilders had hoped to meet representatives from Help The Heroes and Demelza prior to the show to discuss the plan of donating to them £2 from every £10 ticket sold.

“Sadly, that will not now happen.”

Among those who did show up to the audition were comedian Tony Flood, singer Janet Lee and performer Pan Robinson.

Tony Flood said, “It is a great shame it is not going ahead but I am confident that another exciting project will come up in the near future.

“I would be very happy to work with their talented team.”

Sharon said RTC Ltd was disappointed at the lack of support.

But she said the company wanted to express its gratitude to those who did show up at the auditions and also those who wanted to buy tickets for the show.