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raised of £4,000 target by 29 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,055 to help us continue to raise awareness of Parkinson's through more performances of 'Shake It Up.

    Funded on Tuesday, 28th February 2023

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    Please help the Parky Players deliver more ground-breaking educational comedy theatre and music to raise awareness of Parkinson’s.

    Last years’ experience of writing, developing, and performing in Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham and at the Edinburgh Fringe had far more impact than we could ever have hoped for.

    The feedback from those who have seen the show has been truly heart-warming, and and we as individuals have developed new skills and positivity beyond what we could have imagined.

    Our original song “The Road” co-written by The Parky Players and sung as part of “Shake It Up” has been the selected as the World Parkinson’s Coalition winning song and will be performed by the World Parkinson’s Choir at the opening ceremony of the WPC congress in Barcelona July 2023.

    Building on this success we have decided to work on delivering a new tour of “Shake It Up” and try to get “The Road” in in the UK charts.

    Depending on funding, we plan to deliver up to five performances in the UK in late spring / early summer, leading up to our performance of "The Road" at the World Parkinson’s Coalition Congress in Barcelona in July 2023.

    If you like what we’re doing and can help us continue to raise awareness of Parkinson’s using comedy theatre and music, please help us by supporting this valuable project.

    We thank you so much!

    30th August 2022 - THANK YOU so much to all those that have supported and contributed to this project.

    We got to Edinburgh and performed 3 days at the fringe. We spread our message to 101 people, and got loads of publicity for Parkinson's UK.

    Our journey continues and we look forward to sharing with you our next plans as soon as we have shaped them. Watch this space........

    27th June 2022. A crazy busy week rehearsing for our show in Derby on Friday evening. The last few weeks have been difficult for a few of us in the team, but your support helps us keep on going. It helps us keep on touring the show, raising awareness of PD as we go. Thank you! x

    8th April 2022 - thanks so much to all that supported us at Chilwell!

    To be continued.....

    15th January 2022 Update:

    We did it! We successfully performed “Shake It Off” for the first time in front of three live audiences.

    Thinking why we wanted to take on this challenge:

    1. We want to talk about Parkinson’s in imaginative and interesting ways that get people listening.

    2. Those of us with PD are sick of people’s wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of what Parkinson’s is.

    3. To raise the profile of Parkinson’s so it gets more attention, funding and support. We have to work harder to find better treatments and ultimately cures.

    4. We want to show off what we can do, how creative we are and how much we have to offer as people with Parkinson’s.

    5. We want us to disrupt, surprise and shock.

    We don’t want to be ordinary, we want to turn something rubbish into something positive with like minded people.

    The excitement and fear before the first performance was like nothing most of us had ever faced, but with the support of the cast, team and amazing audience we were lifted to produce a performance no one could have hoped for.

    Afterwards we were all in tears, and we can’t wait to do it again. We all felt proud of what we’ve achieved and can’t wait to step on the journey to the Edinburgh Fringe - 25th, 26th, 27th August 2022.

    Please help us on our journey, performing, educating and entertaining. More details on our Facebook and Twitter page: @Parky Players

    Thank you, The Parky Payers: Sheila, Janet, Amanda-Claire, Chris, Sheila, Steph, Mary, and team xx

    13th Dec 2020 update:

    Thanks to Arts Council England Funding, we've written and rehearsed a new version of this piece of comedy theatre. Our first performances are early 2022.

    28th/ 29th January at Beeston, Nottingham.

    5th February at Leicester Guild Hall.

    Please support so we can take it to the Fringe 2022.

    Any donations will help us continue this project, building more awareness of the condition. Thank you! xx

    “Seven Go Fracking”…… The Play That Will Have You Shaking In Your Seat

    A group of Nottingham based thespians who all happen to all be diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease are creating a brand new piece of comedy theatre loosely based on the story of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, but with added ecology, neurology and laughs for all the family.

    Parkinson’s activists and fundraisers including Sheila North, Janet Barnes, Peter Harrison and friends have not been deterred by neither the Covid-19 crisis nor their condition, but instead have been meeting online creating this brand new theatrical piece.

    The team are hoping to raise awareness of a condition that can affect people of all ages. The aim is to do this in a fun way, whereby friends, family and the community can get involved.

    The team’s initial plan was to have the production ready for performance Spring 2021. Due to COVID-19 they are now looking to record it as a radio performance and publish as a podcast.

    Sheila and the team have spent many hours so far creating this unique piece and are now appealing to individuals and any local businesses to get involved through sponsorship to help put the performance together and ultimately raise awareness of a condition that is close to their hearts.

    Janet Barnes said:

    “We hope to raise awareness of the condition in a fun and positive way. The play is packed full of topical references and gags, and takes a humorous view point on what is a pretty rotten disease”. The show is for everyone, whether you’ve got connections to PD or not.”

    Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. It affects around 145,000 people in the UK including 121,927 in England / 12,184 in Scotland / 7,692 in Wales / 3,716 in Northern Ireland.

    Parkinson’s UK estimate that there are more than 40 symptoms of the condition. As well as the most widely known symptom - tremor - these range from physical symptoms like muscle stiffness to depression, anxiety, hallucinations, memory problems and dementia, but Parkinson’s affects everyone differently.



    • Janet Shipton (Barnes) of Parky Players1 year ago
      Janet Shipton (Barnes) of Parky Players

      Janet Shipton (Barnes) of Parky Players

      1 year ago

      Thanks for you support and interest. Please visit our new live page at

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    • Janet Shipton (Barnes) of Parky Players4 years ago
      Janet Shipton (Barnes) of Parky Players

      Janet Shipton (Barnes) of Parky Players

      4 years ago

      The PD thespians have been working hard and have their full Zoom performance of their comedy pantomime in the can. This first version is in editing and should be available in the next week or so. Thanks to those that have helped support so far. x

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    • Sharon Barraclough

      Sharon Barraclough

      Jan 9, 2023

      I am so inspired by what you are doing - looking forward to seeing posts of you in Barcelona


    • Anonymous


      Jan 8, 2023

    • Claire Stevens and Kenny Nelson

      Claire Stevens and Kenny Nelson

      Aug 27, 2022

      Fantastic show, best wishes for the future of the show and everyone involved.


    • Anonymous


      Jul 6, 2022

    • Elizabeth Clements

      Elizabeth Clements

      Jul 5, 2022

      Go Christine 💚💜💚💜💚


    • Mary Venning

      Mary Venning

      Jun 26, 2022

      Spread the word


    • Viv Savage

      Viv Savage

      May 28, 2022

      Keep on keeping on xxx


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