Am-dram support for the Purfleet Trust, Players Oliver!
The King’s Lynn Players’ forthcoming production of Oliver! is full of great songs, dance numbers and colourful costumes but it’s easy to forget the story behind the book on which it is based.
Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist, was released in instalments between 1837 and 1839 to highlight the plight of workhouse children and poverty, leading many people to live on the streets.
They are also hoping to highlight a charity which deals with poverty in modern day life. The Purfleet Trust was set up in 1993 to provide help for single homeless people in West Norfolk.
Its services now include housing advice to help people find accommodation, support to help them maintain their tenancies, and a Health and Wellbeing Centre providing a daily hot meal and teaching essential life skills.
The centre can be used as a postal address and there is free access to computers and telephones.
The organisation relies on charitable donations and the Players hope that collections after each performance will raise a significant amount towards their work
Players publicity officer Tom Clarke said: “For each production we try to find a charity that we can work with that ties in well with our show! Our audiences are always very generous. We have collected money for West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled, Tapping House Hospice and Cancer Research in recent years.”
Joy Wylie from The Purfleet Trust added: “We are really excited to spread the word about our work alongside the Players.
“We hope Lynn audiences will be as generous as they can be as they leave the theatre and help us continue our valuable work in the town.”
Oliver! is being staged from May 15 to 18 nightly at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm at Lynn’s Corn Exchange. Tickets are priced from £13 to £15 with a family ticket available for £48 (two adults and two children), so call 01553 764864 or go online at https://www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/music/oliver/