Theatre group gets One Direction boost

A West Midlands theatre group got a boost from top boy band One Direction and a quiz night helping raise £918 towards a £6,000 target needed to send members abroad to represent the area and the UK at global and European festivals.

A programme and a T-shirt signed by Boy Band One Direction along with two tickets for the band’s show at the LG Arena, Birmingham, on Saturday March 23, which were donated by a former theatre group member were sold by silent auction at a quiz night for Wolverhampton’s Central Youth Theatre (CYT) on Friday 8th March.

One Direction items were from one of the top bands in pop with two number one singles, a platinum selling debut album and more than a million hits on YouTube, and who include Wolverhampton’s Liam Payne.

They went along with a programme signed by girl band Little Mix at the quiz night held at West End Working Men’s Club, Merridale Street, Wolverhampton.

Jane Ward, director of CYT, based at the Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley Street, Whitmore Reans said: “The fundraising gave us an excellent start towards our target to help fund us keep flying the flag for the area in Europe – and this time before a world audience.

“As well as helping to send young people to the Soukani (correct) Youth Theatre Festival in Ostrov in the Czech Republic from the 2nd to the 6th of May, funds will also help us when we are the UK’s representatives at the World Amateur Theatre Festival in Monaco in August.”

In Monaco fourteen members of CYT will stage a one hour version of Burnt by The Sun, by Peter Flannery, which is an examination of the full horror of Stalin’s rule in the Soviet Union.

The group will be performing in the historic Salle Garnier Monaco Opera House on 22nd and 24th August.  CYT members will be joined by 23 theatre companies from the Far East, Africa, India, Scandinavia, Europe and the USA.

Jane added: “This year is our 30th anniversary and we have been flying the flag for the UK, our region and Wolverhampton before international audiences abroad and at home for all those years.

“Despite difficult economic times the young people are continuing to work hard, not only at producing first class drama, but also raising the funds to keep showing the rest of the world that we have a lot of talent and skill in the UK, our region and Wolverhampton.”

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