Barrington Farm is a unique independent day services centre for adults with learning difficulties, based at Walcott, which has come to the aid of Happisburgh RNLI volunteers by raising £440.05 for the station to save lives at sea.
Amanda Colman has been running a drama group at Barrington Farm for about two years. Amanda said ‘we became interested in the history of the coastal area around Walcott and the idea of making a show about smugglers, lifeboat crews and the beauty and joy of our Norfolk Coast was created. The cast were particularly interested in learning about lifeboat crews and their daring rescues.
We believe that theatre should be free and accessible to all and decided that we would “pass the hat” around at the end of the show and donate the proceeds to the RNLI. The show was a success and we, the cast and staff of Barrington Farm were amazed at the incredible response we received .
Creating our recent show Beside the Sea has given the cast a voice; we were busy in the art barn leading up to the production making the set and costumes plus rehearsing two days per week. The performers were inspired to be raising money for the RNLI and are quite rightly very, very proud of their achievement.
We naturally suffered from an after show slump (which is very common!) before deciding to cobble together another show in time for Christmas which we are presently working on – it’s called A Partridge on a Settee and will be on 18/12/19’.
The RNLI is facing a Perfect Storm: our volunteers are busier than ever; providing a world class rescue service but people are still drowning, however our income is down so we need more money to save more lives – investing in the future of lifesaving is vital. Fund raising like this is essential in order to enable us to carry on with this work.
Visit RNLI.org/ThePerfectStorm to donate.