Voice star supports community theatre

Sarah Fairclough, who will play Alice
Sarah Fairclough, who will play Alice

A LEIGH theatre company has received a ringing endorsement from the town’s latest singing star.

David Julien, who recently appeared on BBC1 talent show The Voice, has given his backing to Turnpike Community Theatre and called on the town to support their local arts organisations.

The boost comes ahead of Turnpike’s forthcoming adaptation for the stage of Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy novel Alice in Wonderland, which will be held on June 28-30.

David is no stranger to treading the boards with Turnpike himself, having starred in the company’s production of The Wizard of Oz last summer, appearing in the title role.

He said: “Turnpike is such a great group. They welcome everyone who visits the group and they have always made me feel so welcome.

“Last year’s productions were a great success and I would encourage as many people as possible to go along and watch the show as it is always a great night out for the whole family.”

The new family-friendly production of Alice in Wonderland has been written by local actor and director Caroline Joynt.

Director Neil Gredecki said: “It’s great that David has managed to get recognition at a national level, and humbling to know that he still supports his local theatre group.”

Alice in Wonderland takes place at Twelve Apostles’ Parish Hall on Westleigh Lane, at 7.15pm. Tickets are £4.50 for adults, £4 concessions, and £15 for family tickets. Contact 01942 603195 to purchase.