'Lost' Shakespeare play to help African children

PUBLISHED: 16:03 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:30 18 June 2010

A GALA Benefit Performance in aid of the regeneration of an African Village will take place in Sidmouth tomorrow (Saturday). The Alternative Cambridge Theatre Company will be appearing at the benefit on Saturday at Connaught Gardens in aid of The Buturi W

A GALA Benefit Performance in aid of the regeneration of an African Village will take place in Sidmouth tomorrow (Saturday).

The Alternative Cambridge Theatre Company will be appearing at the benefit on Saturday at Connaught Gardens in aid of The Buturi Water and School Project.

Set up by local businesswoman Judith Smith of The Village Collection in Sidmouth's High Street, the project has raised thousands of pounds to install a water bore in the Northern Tanzania village.

Judith has just returned from Buturi, where she met with the engineers who are drilling the bore hole.

And following on from the water project, Judith and Deidree Dee, also director of the project, are now aiming to raise money to build a kindergarten for the children.

All proceeds from the theatre company's performance will go towards providing the children with an educational building.

The company will be performing a 'lost' Shakespeare play which has been directed by Deidre's youngest daughter, Laura, an undergraduate from Newnham College, Cambridge.

The opening night, which took place at Otterton Mill last Saturday, was a great success and members of the company are looking forward to their next performance.

Theatre-goers are invited to come early, bring a picnic and meet some of the cast before the play starts at 7.30pm.

There will be deckchair seating at a nominal cost and ice creams available before and during the interval.

A bucket collection will also be taken with all donations going straight to the Buturi fund.

For more information on the Buturi Project visit www.buturi-project.co.uk and for the theatre company go to www.tact-theatre.co.uk.


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