Showtime for charity

A musical extravaganza for all the family will be performed this New Year by staff from children's charity Barnardo's to raise money for their work.

A musical extravaganza for all the family will be performed this New Year by staff from children's charity Barnardo's to raise money for their work.

Thanks For The Memories will feature songs, dancing, sketches and comedy covering 100 years of entertainment from show tunes to the X Factor.

The show is being performed at the People's Theatre, Heaton, Newcastle, on January 5 and 6, and among the cast is 13-year-old Lucy Stephenson, who played one of the Debbies in the original run of Billy Elliot in London's West End.

She left the show after growing too tall for the role and is now bringing her West End experience to Barnardo's fund-raising production. The show starts with scenes from My Fair Lady and goes through the decades in music and sketches featuring everything from the Kinks, Beatles and Supremes in the 60s section to Adam Ant and Band Aid from the 80s.

There will also be a scene from Dirty Dancing and sketches from Morecambe and Wise and the Two Ronnies, before the show is brought up to date with Pop Idol, X Factor and Harry Potter.

Director Ros Shrubb, a Barnardo's manager in South Shields, said: "This is a show for all the family."

Tickets for all performances cost £6 for adults, £4 for children and seniors, and are available from Joan Keltie at Barnardo's head office in Jesmond, Newcastle, tel (0191) 240-4800.

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