Theatre club raises curtain and funds for hospice

Alnwick Theatre Club has teamed up with HospiceCare North Northumberland to raise money for the charity, as part of its up-coming production.

The amateur dramatics group is performing the show Calendar Girls later this month.

The play is about a group of women’s institute (WI) members and their fund-raising efforts for their local hospital, after one of their husbands dies of leukaemia.

The theatre club is using the production as an opportunity to play its part in the community by collecting funds for HospiceCare, which is the main provider of palliative care in north Northumberland, delivering support to adults with life-limiting illnesses.

The show is being staged at Alnwick Playhouse from Wednesday, April 24, to Saturday, April 27.

At each production, the audience will have an opportunity to make a donation and find out more about the charity.

The club, hospice and local WIs have also combined to sponsor a coffee morning at the Playhouse on Saturday, April 13, starting at 10.30am, which is open to everyone.

As well as coffee, there will be the chance to buy cakes made by WI members, find out more about the hospice and meet cast members.

To get into the WI spirit, everyone in the production has been asked to make – as the script of the play has it – a Victoria sponge.

These will be judged at the coffee morning by members of Howick WI.

For more details about the show and for tickets, visit, call 01665 510785, or go to the venue’s box office.