Aylsham Players are staging fundraising variety evenings in memory of a legend of the local theatre scene.
The production, titled Another Blinkin’ Variety Show, is a tribute to the Players’ Lifetime President Becky Hilton, who died at the age of 63 in October 2020.
The shows, on May 13 and 14, will feature extracts and excerpts from scripts and skits written by Becky during her 20 years with the group.
The ensemble will present Becky’s original one-act play The Pageant, a contemporary comedy about a beauty competition on the Norfolk Broads.
will also be treated to never-before-seen literary work, including an exclusive
reading from Becky’s unfinished novel Read The Label.
The show will also include nods to the artists across comedy, music and drama that influenced her style, such as ABBA, Eva Cassidy, and Victoria Wood.
Becky was renowned for her ability to develop local talent and the next generation of young performers will be featured throughout the evening, with a special appearance from Sutton School of Dancing.
Becky’s son Max Hilton said: “Although we were able to pay our respects after her passing, like many, we were limited by covid restrictions in place at the time and have often talked about planning a bigger event to celebrate Becky’s life and her work. We are delighted that the Aylsham Players have chosen this moment to present a special show full of joy, love and laughter.”
Hosted by Norfolk-based performance poet Lewis Buxton, the society hopes that the variety evening will showcase the full breadth and depth of her genius.
All proceeds from this intimate event will go towards securing the future of the Aylsham Players, a group close to her heart and one of many local theatre companies affected by the pandemic.
Angela Arscott, Aylsham Players’ member said: “Becky had such a great way of getting the best from people and encouraging them without making them feeling stupid. She gave me the confidence to start directing and helped me when I started writing.”
Sue Smith, Aylsham Players’ President, added: “Becky was talented in so many ways, not only as a writer and performer, but outside in the wider community as well. If ever we had concerns in rehearsals, Becky was a shining light and when she walked in the door, she made you feel like everything would be ok.”
Callum Adkins, a young actor, said: “Simply put, Becky is the reason I act and write. She was the first person to show me how to be funny and that I was good at it.”
Aylsham Players: Another Blinkin’ Variety Show will be performed at Aylsham Town Hall on Friday, May 13 (7.30pm) and Saturday, May 14 (2pm & 7:30pm). Tickets cost £12 and can be purchased from Barnwell’s Newsagents and Creative Lincs in Aylsham.
For more information about the production, please email Max Hilton at email@example.com