Theatre company’s ticket sales drive

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A THEATRE group aimed at young people is pushing extra hard to sell production tickets this year as its future hangs in the balance.

Oskar Foxtrot theatre company, based in Stowmarket, works with actors, singers and musicians aged between 13 and 25 from the local area.

The group, which has been running for 10 years, is part-funded by Stowmarket Town Council in its work with young people in the area.

But after a dip in ticket sales last year and uncertainty surrounding future funding, the group is pushing extra hard to sell tickets for this year’s production of AD79 to secure its future.

Leaders behind the Oskar Foxtrot group hope that this year’s show, about the last day of Pompeii, can pull in the crowds – and revenue.

Sarah Corbett, Oskar Foxtrot musical director, said: “The future of the group is uncertain in Stowmarket due to lower than usual ticket sales last year and uncertainties about funding, so we really hope this show can do well to help alleviate the problem.”

The musical, which was first performed at Stowmarket’s Regal Theatre in 2003, is the group’s 11th production since forming in 2001. It has gone on to be performed by other theatre companies in the UK and even in America.

AD79 follows the lives of people in Pompeii prior to the Earth-shattering, fateful eruption of Vesuvius. The play features a range of characters, including senators, soldiers, families, slaves and even a stray dog.

The company will perform the show, directed by Sally Scurrell, at the Museum of East Anglian Life, in Stowmarket, on July 19 and 20.

There will also be performances in Halesworth and Ipswich.

Tickets are priced at £7 and £9 and are available from Stowmarket Tourist Information Centre.

For more information, go to www.oskarfoxtrot.org.uk