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Janet Barnes of Parky Players

Janet Barnes of Parky Players is crowdfunding

raised of £4,000 target by 26 supporters

Weʼre raising £4,000 to Help create and produce a piece of comedy theatre. Raising awareness of Parkinson's Disease.

Nottingham, `and Leicester UK

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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.

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  • Janet Barnes of Parky Players2 years ago
    Janet Barnes of Parky Players

    Janet Barnes of Parky Players

    2 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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  • 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


  • Gill Bevington

    Gill Bevington

    May 28, 2022

    Good luck in Edinburgh


  • Corinne & Chris

    Corinne & Chris

    May 26, 2022

    Good luck with Edinburgh!


  • Gav


    May 24, 2022

    Wonderful stuff! Well done everyone


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Janet Barnes of Parky Players

Janet Barnes of Parky Players

Nottingham, `and Leicester UK

Person with PD, activist, fundraiser, and now a bit of an actor :-)

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