Some well-known faces were treading the boards at the New Eye Theatre Company’s latest performances at The Oaksmere earlier this month, raising cash for charity in the process.
The hotel and restaurant in Brome donated the venue for free, and a packed house means £500 will be sent to the Hope not Hate charity, formed in the aftermath of the death of MP Jo Cox.
Performed readings of Shared Silence, directed by William Hope (Aliens, xXx) and Saving Marilyn, directed by local film maker Basil Marples, were staged, featuring the likes of Robert Goodale (Foyle’s War, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Midsomer Murders), Amanda Parfitt (Jewels, Sons and Lovers) and Jak Quartermaine (Three Up, Two Down, Laura and Disorder).
Writer John Gleeson, of Eye, told the Diss Express felt the quality of actor “enhanced his writing” and added: “I am getting some really good feedback, a lot of people have told me how good they thought it was. “
He said he hoped his next project would feature people who helped him start the company — Tim Hall, Rob Johnson, Helen Fraser and Mr Quartermaine — and “take advantage of their excellence.”