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28/05/08 - SDC raises £1500 from 'Bardathon'

28/05/08 - SDC raises £1500 from 'Bardathon'-Link

Shropshire Drama Company (SDC) has raised £1500 towards Breakthrough Breast Cancer and their forthcoming production of King Richard III at Much Wenlock Festival as a result of their recent ‘Bardathon’.

The event, a non-stop reading of the twelve plays SDC has performed at Much Wenlock Festival since 1984, took place over 35 hours during the first Bank Holiday weekend in May. Starting at 7am on Saturday 3rd in Shrewsbury’s Square, locating to a local college and a pub until the early hours, the readers then returned to the Square to finish mid afternoon on Sunday 4th.

In addition to actors from SDC a number of other organisations and drama groups were involved in the reading including: The Attfield Theatre, Abbey Foregate Players, Bomere Heath Village Players, the Coach and Horses pub, Condover Players, Dorrington Players, Mad Cow Productions, Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology, Shrewsbury Music Hall, Shrewsbury School, Shrewsbury Theatre Guild, Shrewsbury Youth Theatre and Whitchurch Little Theatre Group.

Joanna Purslow on behalf of SDC, said: "This was a unique event that we hoped would at least raise the profile of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and our production. However, our expectations were exceeded by the fantastic support of the public, some of whom were tourists visiting Shrewsbury for the day. The readers were enthusiastic, funny, animated and very entertaining, even at 7am on the Sunday morning during torrential rain and lightning! Congratulations and thank you goes out to all who took part.”

Linda Sagar, treasurer for Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Shropshire Group, said: “My colleague and I were so pleased to be able to attend the Bardathon and hear Shakespeare in the Square. It is always inspiring to see people put themselves out to help others, and it is so important to raise the profile of the charity and the work that they do. In the time that we were with SDC, we were approached by a number of people who told us their own, personal stories of breast cancer and so were more than willing to make a donation. The money raised will go towards Breakthrough’s research into making a world free from the fear of breast cancer.”

Tickets for King Richard III at Holy Trinity Church Green (Much Wenlock) from 9th to 14th June are available through the Much Wenlock Festival website at

Picture (left to right): Linda Sagar, treasurer for Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Shropshire Group receiving a cheque for £750 from Shropshire Drama Company’s, Joanna Purslow.

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