Dramatic tribute set for premiere

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A PLAY about a woman who helped save a historic Bury St Edmunds community building from closure will premiere next month.

Still Small Voice shines the spotlight on Margaret Kemp, who staged a virtual sit-in at the Quaker Meeting House, in St John’s Street, in the 1950s after it was threatened with closure.

It is written and directed by Danusia Iwaszko, who launched an appeal in the Bury Free Press for volunteers to help with research and the staging of the production.

She recruited 22 volunteers and amassed a wealth of information about Ms Kemp, the Quakers and St John’s Street in the 1950s.

The volunteers even managed to contact people in America and Canada for their research.

The material, including pictures, documents and even architect’s plans will be displayed in an exhibition which runs in conjunction with the show.

Ms Iwaszko, who is artistic director of The Hal Company, said the play was about ‘determination and listening to your inner voice’.

She added: “Margaret Kemp had so many obstacles – she was alone, the place was derelict and her sight was failing but nothing stopped her.”

The play and exhibition will be staged at The Friend’s Meeting House, in St John’s Street, from June 7-9 at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are £10 with concessions at £8 and are available from the Theatre Royal Box Office on (01284) 769505, www.theatreroyal.org or booking@theatreroyal.org