Playgoers’ Spring Festival saved

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ONE of the few remaining independent UK drama festivals has escaped the final curtain thanks to a holiday resort’s kind offer to host the event for free.

Faced with venue problems, Skegness Playgoers’ annual Spring Festival had been threatened with cancellation, marking an end to 63 years of cultural history.

Thankfully, Butlins saved the day with its offer of free venue hire enabling an exciting week-long programme of diverse and talented acts to perform as planned.

Playgoers vice chairman Jenni Blankley said: “Butlins resort director Chris Baron heard of our plight and, being a huge supporter of he arts, kindly donated the use of one of his venues for the week as he didn’t want Skegness to miss out on this prestigious event.

“We’ve brought together a great collection of comedy and drama suitable for a wide range of audiences and ticket prices are cheaper than usual because of our lower costs.

“This is an exciting first presenting a new challenge for everyone involved and one we are all looking forward to.”

Five full length plays performed by drama groups from across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire will take place in the Crazy Horse Saloon, Butlins, at 7pm from Monday, May 21, through to Saturday, May 26.

Friday evening will feature two one-act plays, including TV writer Kay Mellor’s ‘Paul’, performed by Halifax outfit ‘Just Happy To Be Here’.

Skegness Playgoers will be performing their own production of Derek Benfield’s ‘Off the Hook’ on Tuesday, May 22.

Tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for accompanied children.

For full listings visit www.skegnessplaygoers.org.uk and for enquiries call 01754 765506.