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    Weʼve raised £2,570 to To give disadvantaged young people an opportunity to take part in a musical production and develop skills in performing arts.

    Funded on Sunday, 21st October 2018

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    Fern Meets Dido - The Musical

    We would like your support to raise funds to stage a brand new musical production called ‘Fern Meets Dido - The Musical’ written by Evadne Bygrave, based on the book 'Fern and Kate Meet Dido Elizabeth Belle' by David Gleave. The musical uses original songs written by Evadne Bygrave and music composed by Michael Fuller and has a cast aged 7 - 80 years!

    It tells the story of Fern, a schoolgirl of mixed heritage, who feels like she doesn’t belong anywhere. She hates school, she especially doesn’t like history because no one in the history books looks like her.

    Then, on a school trip, something magical happens; she goes back in time and meets Dido Elizabeth Belle, one of the first aristocrats during the 18th Century of African decent. The two girls come from different worlds but realize they have much in common. For the first time, Fern sees that there were people in history just like her and highlights how Black and mixed heritage people have shared experiences in England for centuries.

    Your money will assist us to deliver a series of Boot camp style theatre workshops over 3 months, leading to performances of the play at The Shoestring Theatre, South Norwood, London SE25 4XG on 3rd & 4th November 2018.

    Young people will be drawn from local schools, holiday clubs and youth facilities within Croydon to perform alongside older members of the community, who will act as narrators, in this inter-generational production. Both groups will have the opportunity to be involved in performing arts, directing, stage management and marketing, while developing skills in collaboration, critical thinking and self-presentation.

    Many young people have little or no social interaction with community members over the age of 60 and may have formed preconceived ideas of them. Furthermore, young people get a very bad press and there is a risk that they will all be ‘tarred with the same brush’ and become demonized in the minds of the older generation.

    We believe that our older cast members will act as role models for the young performers, by creating a caring and collaborative relationship between young and old and giving the latter a sense of purpose and reducing the possible risk of isolation and loneliness. By bringing the generations together in a positive environment with a shared goal we hope to provide opportunities to break down barriers and build a stronger community.

    We would like to thank you for expressing an interest in our project and we respect your choice to contribute anonymously, if you wish. However, anyone making a contribution will be acknowledged in the show's programme.



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    • National Education Union

      National Education Union

      Oct 19, 2018


    • Charis Williams

      Charis Williams

      Oct 6, 2018


    • Bexley NEU

      Bexley NEU

      Sep 17, 2018

      Bexley NEU are proud to support this fabulous worthy cause - congratulations to Evadne & all the stars making it happen!


    • Croydon National Union of Teachers

      Croydon National Union of Teachers

      Sep 5, 2018

      This is an excellent educational initiative that Croydon National Union of Teachers is happy to support with a donation.


    • Sharon Foster

      Sharon Foster

      Sep 3, 2018

      A great project idea and I am really looking forward to seeing the musical


    • DR.G et al

      DR.G et al

      Sep 1, 2018

      Know about the portrait,good to find out more about the historical content from a current historian. Now for the 2018 musical !


    • Evadne Bygrave

      Evadne Bygrave

      Sep 1, 2018

      Great show!


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    Evadne Bygrave

    Evadne Bygrave

    Sing-a-Book, a Community Interest Company where we are passionate about helping children develop a love of reading through the use of song and performing arts. Our work with children has helped raise their confidence and self-esteem. Visit:

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