Wortham art student’s colourful caravan could raise hundreds for theatre at auction

Madeleine Young, 16, from Wortham, has painted a Gypsy caravan which will be auctioned. ANL-150113-100724001
Madeleine Young, 16, from Wortham, has painted a Gypsy caravan which will be auctioned. ANL-150113-100724001

A Wortham art student who one day hopes to work as a set designer could potentially raise hundreds of pounds for a theatre when a caravan she painted for a production goes under the hammer tomorrow.

Madeleine Young, 16, who studies A-level art at City College, Norwich, has volunteered at the Maddermarket Theatre, also in Norwich, on- and-off for five years.

Auctioneers TW Gaze will be selling off a range of items from the theatre’s history, including furniture, armour and vintage costumes.

Funds raised from the sale, which will take place at the theatre at 8pm tomorrow, will contribute towards the building’s refurbishment and the theatre’s Shakespearian ‘Go Go Dragon’ feature.

The Gypsy caravan, used for the theatre’s Christmas production of The Borrowers, has an estimate of between £150 and £250.

Madeleine, who runs her own business Stormy Blue Sky selling canalware-decorated antiques, said: “I was really surprised they put it up for so much, it would be great if it sold for that much.

“If something that I had made helped towards the (theatre) refurbishment, that would be great.”

Madeleine’s mother, Sarah, a volunteer helping with the refurbishment, added: “Several people enquired about the caravan while it was being created, so the theatre has included it in the auction, so it gives more people a chance to get it.”

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