Sunday, 4 March 2012

Free GDS performance - Dickens at the George

GDS and The George shopping centre are working together to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens with the event 'Dickens at the George'.

On 24th March between 11am and 2pm, Grantham Dramatic Society will be performing a comic extract from Nicholas Nickleby at the George shopping centre in Grantham. Along with other activities and entertainment, we're calling it a Victorian day. Come along and celebrate the birth of one of our greatest authors and follow in his footsteps!

In 1838, Charles Dickens passed through Grantham on his journey north, researching school conditions for his novel Nicholas Nickleby. He stayed at the George hotel (now the George shopping centre) and wrote to his wife that it was "the very best inn I have ever put up at". High praise! Dickens went on to mention The George in Nicholas Nickleby, immortalising it forever.

We have adapted the extract that includes the George, and will perform it several times during the day. Town favourite, Elaine Bishop, will be singing Victorian themed songs to further entertain shoppers. You'll be able to have your own Victorian style photo taken in our studio, and take part in other activities.

Our thanks go to the George centre for their support, and to Cinderella's costume hire for their help.

Charity clothes swap was fabulously successful!

Our fabulous charity clothes swap went fantastically well, with over 50 people turning out to get a new look at Cafe Leo. BBC Radio Lincolnshire also interviewed us live on air, no doubt helping to swell the turnout!

We were so busy, we had to bring the clothes out in shifts as hangers became available! Take a look at our pictures to get a sense of how busy the event was. There was an eclectic mix of clothes and accessories available, and the fashionistas in attendance got to try out new styles. Lots of people wanted to know when the next event would be, so we will definitely run another swap in future - keep an eye out for information.

Our friends Paul and Jess at Cafe Leo were the perfect hosts, and kept everyone's energy up with their yummy coffees and cupcakes. The perfect fuel for an evening of swishing!