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Youngsters go the distance for festival fundraiser

Members of a local youth theatre group enjoyed a different type of limelight when they took part in a 30-mile sponsored run at March's New Vision Fitness George Campbell Centre.

20Twenty Academy fundraiser

Seven members of March-based 20Twenty Academy (part of 20Twenty Productions CIC) took it in turns to complete the treadmill challenge to help raise money towards next year's National Theatre Connections Festival.

The group is among just 250 youth theatres and schools chosen from several hundred across the UK to participate in the festival.

The festival enables groups to perform brand new pieces of theatre, written especially for the festival, with 20Twenty Academy being given a piece called 'When They Go Low' by Natalie Mitchell. Rehearsals have just got underway, ready for shows at March Town Hall and at a theatre in Norwich next year.

The National Theatre Connections team will watch the chosen groups perform, and then pick 10 of the 250 to perform at the National Theatre in London.

"We are very excited and proud to have been accepted for the festival," said Geri Crooke, Academy Manager at 20Twenty Productions CIC. "We are lucky enough to have been chosen three times now; it's a very exciting project to be part of."

The sponsored runners spent 2.5 hours completing the 30-mile run in September and raised over £200. The money will go towards the costs of putting on a show and the festival, including costumes, props and travel costs.

The group has also organised other fundraisers including a family quiz night at March Town Hall on Friday, November 10, and bag packing at a local supermarket next year.

Councillor Michelle Tanfield, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Young People at Fenland District Council, which owns the New Vision Fitness centre, said: "It's great to see young people using our leisure centre to help them raise money for this fantastic opportunity. I wish them all the best of luck in the festival!"

Article added: November 6, 2017