Child of courage spurs actors’ charity boost

Sue Daniel with some of the puppets used in Street Child
Sue Daniel with some of the puppets used in Street Child

Actors and their life-size puppets are helping to raise money for children in need.

Performers from Cotton Grass Theatre Company, which is based in Bradwell in the Hope Valley, are staging a play to raise money for the charity Barnardo’s.

Their play, Street Child, is about a real-life orphan who survived the dangerous streets of Victorian London and inspired Dr Barnardo to launch his children’s charity.

Street Child was written by Berlie Doherty, who lives in the Hope Valley.

Sue Daniel, artistic director of Cotton Grass, said: “Berlie gave us permission to adapt Street Child for the stage. Many schools are studying the story as part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum.”

Cotton Grass, in conjunction with Damselfly Arts, staged the show at last month’s Wirksworth Festival before taking it on tour to venues such as HMS Warrior in Portsmouth and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford.

The company are bringing it back home next week where it will be performed at the Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, on October 28 at 11am and 1pm; the Gothic Warehouse at Cromford Mill on October 29 and 30 at 7pm and Thornbridge Hall, Ashford-in-the Water- on November 9 and 10 at 7.30pm.

@ Cotton Grass will also be presenting The Unreturning Army at Thornbridge Hall on November 11 and 12. The production features readings, poetry and anecdotes about Derbyshire Dales in the First World War. This show will raise money for the Friends of the Peak Park.