Gala show raises nearly £1,600 for Heroes charity

Bury the Dead - The Studio Group's production which had a gala night in aid of Help for Heroes. From left - Lee Whitton, Nicholas Stevenson, Ben Wilson, Oliver Shaw, Zachary Rushton.
Bury the Dead - The Studio Group's production which had a gala night in aid of Help for Heroes. From left - Lee Whitton, Nicholas Stevenson, Ben Wilson, Oliver Shaw, Zachary Rushton.
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Delighted actors have sent off a cheque for nearly £1,600 to the Help for Heroes charity that supports wounded service personnel.

The Studio Group, a fund-raising arm of the Actors’ Workshop youth theatre organisation, staged an anti-war play called Bury the Dead last month at its Halifax premises and played to full houses every night.

The second night consisted of a gala performance which raised £1,586.11 - including £355 from a raffle.

Artistic director Lottie Ward, who studied Irwin Shaw’s 1930s-penned play for her degree, said the amount raised was a “fabulous achievement”, helped by the generous sponsorship of local people who supplied the raffle prizes. They were presented by actor Paul Opacic, the Workshop chairman.

The 62 guests who attended the gala performance enjoyed Champagne supplied by Middleton Breweries. The Design House restaurant at Dean Clough, Halifax, supplied canapés for the gala show guests.

Lottie said: “The uniforms were also sponsored by local people which enabled us to hire them from Lionel Digby, who provided the uniforms for the movie The King’s Speech. The entire project has been so successful that we hope and intend to do something similar next year.

“Everyone felt it was a truly worthwhile undertaking for a very special charity.”