Gozo Players donate theatre proceeds to local charity
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Guests at the Friends of the Sick and Elderly Gozo annual lunch on Sunday, had a pleasant surprise, when Gozo Players, the island’s newest amateur dramatic society, presented the charity with a €500 donation.
Making the presentation Revel Barker, founder of Gozo Players, said that there had obviously been basic costs associated with setting up a new acting troupe, not least with finding and making props, scenery and staging to create Gozo’s new “Grand Theatre,” at the Grand Hotel in Mgarr, as its home base.
He said that it had been agreed from the start that any surplus income should go to charity. And Gozo Players had readily accepted the idea of supporting Friends of the Sick and Elderly on the island.
Mr Barker told the diners, “I had to declare an interest, a couple of years ago, when I was unable to walk, a friend suggested calling the FSEG. They came with help the same day. Later, they were able to order different equipment and provide it the following day.
He added,”fond as I have always been of my new island home and its people in the past quarter-century, I had not often been used to service like that. Not only here, but not anywhere!”
“We were fortunate enough to sell all seats for our first performances to genuinely responsive audiences, and to find sponsors to advertise in our programme,” Barker said. “So we were delighted to return a decent surplus.”
“Now we are moving on – again, effectively with nothing in the kitty – and holding auditions for casting this coming Wednesday at Zeppi’s bar in Qala for our next planned production, The Return of The Maltese Falcon, to be staged again at the Grand Theatre at the end of October,” said Mr Barker.
Anybody with acting experience, or acting ambition, is invited to attend the first reading at 7.30pm this Wednesday evening.
Photo by Roger Chessell: Revel Barker, presents a donation to FSEG vice-president Lorrie Saliba