Raunds theatre group dedicates show to former chairman

Brian Ball of Raunds Footlights
Brian Ball of Raunds Footlights

An amateur dramatics group in Raunds is dedicating its latest show to one of its founder members, who died earlier this year.

From Rushden With Love will be performed by Raunds Footlights in memory of the group’s former chairman Brian Ball.

The show is a spoof-like parody of the James Bond films. The three-act comedy with song and dance starts in the present, in Act 2 it goes back to the swinging 60s and by Act 3 is back to 1929 with a Downton Abbey feel.

Member Steve Lack said: “Raunds Footlight perform at the local Raunds Town Cricket Club and act in the round, which is a particularly scary thing to do as the audience are all around you and there is no where to hide.

“We have a cast of 18 and have been in rehearsal for five months and now we are raring to go.

“Sadly we lost one of our founding members and ex-chairman earlier this year. Brian Ball helped form the group and has always been the cornerstone of our society ever since day one. His death came as a huge shock and blow to us all and we are dedicating this show to him.

“Brian has always been a great supporter of the air ambulance and over the years he has raised thousands of pounds for them, and so we will be donating all the money with raise through our raffle and topping it up with an additional £500 in Brian’s name. There will be a special presentation made to them on the final evening.”

The show will run from Thursday, April 16, to Saturday, April 18, with performances at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets cost £5 on Thursday and Friday and £6 on Saturday and are available from the box office on 01933 624310, Raunds Post Office and Brook Street Newsagents.