Eggs-treme Sports Stars Crack a Smile for Charity
They’re the hard men of Nottingham Playhouse, with big jobs like Technical Manager; Fundraising & Development Manager; Deputy Head of Lighting & Sound. Tough men with tough, manly work to do. Out of hours they enjoy nothing more than the down’n’dirty rough and tumble of five-a-side football, as the Playhouse’s regular team.
But beneath that hard-boiled exterior lies a soft, gooey centre. And that would be why the five of them are to be seen in public this Sunday dressed as big, spangly golden eggs.
It’s all in aid of a brilliant cause: the Child’s Voice Appeal, launched by Childline and the NSPCC to expand their much-in-demand phoneline services, including Childline’s regional call centre based right here in Nottingham. “Let no cry go unheard,” is their challenge. It’s one the Playhouse has taken up, nominating Child’s Voice as the official charity of this year’s pantomime spectacular Mother Goose, which opens on Friday 26 November.
The all-time favourite show of our long-reigning king of panto Kenneth Alan Taylor, Mother Goose is the story of a Dame who hits the jackpot when her great big goose Priscilla starts laying eggs of solid gold. In this case, sudden riches end in trouble for Mother Goose, and comedy gold for the audience. But as a warm-up, our footballing five thought they’d see if they could divert some cash in the direction of Child’s Voice, where it will do nothing but good.
The occasion is the Experian Robin Hood Festival of Running, taking place this year on Sunday 12 September. A key part of Nottingham’s annual fiesta of fitness is the Cooper Parry Corporate Challenge, whereby the locally-based firm of business advisers dares other local companies to field relay teams in the half-marathon event. The UK’s largest corporate relay, it has already raised £200,000 for charity over the past seven years and the Playhouse team hopes to boost the total further by going the extra mile for Child’s Voice. Or to be precise, 13.1 miles between them.
Nick Lawford, the theatre’s fundraising supremo, is the man who (ahem) hatched the plan, and his team-mates were quick to agree: Andy Bartlett (Technical Manager), Drew Baumohl (Deputy Head of Lighting & Sound), Stuart Lambert (Deputy Stage Manager) and Richard Surgay (Customer Services Manager). Credit is also due to Andy’s wife Emma, who has led the egg design and production process, although she’s not daft enough to dress in one herself.
Nottingham Playhouse’s five golden boys set off from the city’s Victoria Embankment this Sunday at 9.30am. Do cheer them on their way – or better still, sponsor them securely at www.justgiving.com/nottinghamplayhouse and help the Child’s Voice Appeal.