Charity auction to raise cash for theatre.

SUPPORTERS of Glaisdale’s Esk Valley Theatre (EVT) are invited to a charity auction next Saturday (5 March) to help raise vital funds to keep the curtains up.

The Esk Valley Theatre is holding an Auction of Promises at the Robinson Institute after its Christmas auction was cancelled due to heavy snow.

A large selection of promises will be on offer with something for everyone with local businesses and individuals donating lots including a Golden Limited Edition Nike T90 Tracer Football (1 of only 200 available worldwide), signed copies of Gervaise Phinn’s latest books; fishing, meals, jewellery, theatre tickets, a car service, an MOT and much more.

The fun-filled evening is being hosted by local auctioneer Robert Smith.

The not-for-profit theatre which is also based at the Robinson Institute in Glaisdale would also like to thank all its sponsors and supporters who helped make last year its most successful season to date.

And although the current economic climate is throwing up a number of challenges for the company it is working hard to put funding and sponsorship in place.

This year’s main show is the intriguing thriller Dangerous Obsession by N.J Crisp which runs from 5 to 27 August EVT has just secured two grants from Arts Council England an a National Lottery grant of £7,400 towards production costs for the play.

Producer Sheila Carter said: “This is big step forward, and with all our fund-raising activities we hope to put the finance in place to cover all the costs laid out in our budget. The auction is a wonderful opportunity to support your local theatre, and enjoy a fun night out. Here’s to another exciting year.”

Director Mark Stratton added: “I can’t wait to start work on it. It’s a fascinating play and presents many moral and emotional dilemmas. The writing is sharp and beautifully observed, taking us on a journey in to the minds of three very different people.

“It unpicks the fabric of a marriage with unwavering determination, and fits well with the company’s aim to produce different and challenging styles of work.

“Many performances were sold out for Second from Last in the Sack Race last year, so please book early, especially if you have your eye on a particular date.”

The box office is now open for telephone bookings on (01947) 897587 and tickets for Dangerous Obsession will be available at Glaisdale Village Shop from Monday 2 May.