Saturday 24 February 2018

Dicken's tale raises €7k for Sunni-Mae

David Heap and Michael Duffy starring in ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Barbican Centre.
David Heap and Michael Duffy starring in ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Barbican Centre.

THE RECENT production of a Christmas Carol in the Barbican was a resounding success, not only packing out the theatre on its three-day run, but also raising over €7,000 for the Sunni Mae Trust.

Well over 1,000 people went to see the performances, produced by Barbican manager Paul Hayes, the uncle of Lily-Mae Morrison, for whom the money was being raised.

'It was actually overwhelming the number of people who wanted to see the show,' said Paul.

'Many wanted to come to support such a good cause, but them word of mouth got out what a quality show it was, everyone came for the high standard of entertainment!'

There were 84 members of the Tiny Dancers Players, including professional and amateur actors, stage production, lighting and sound, and costume and set designers.

'So many people gave their time and skills free of charge, which helped make this such a success, and we could easily have sold out another three days,' he added.

'It was funny to see everyone queuing up to meet Lily-Mae and have their photo taken, as to me, she's my delightful little niece, to others, she's a star!'

The proceeds from the shows brings the total amount raised to date for Lily-Mae's treatment of Stage 4 Neuroblastoma to €460,000.

'It was great to see a Christmas show of such high quality in the Barbican, although I don't know if I could make it an annual thing,' he said with a smile.

'Maybe someone else wants to take up the challenge after we have set the bar so high!'

Drogheda Independent

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