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Director’s Legacy will Help Young Actors to Pursue their Dreams  

Jackie Fielding
A fund in memory of much-loved director Jackie Fielding aims to help young people follow their dream of going to drama school.

Jackie, who lost her life after suffering a brain aneurysm last May while working on her acclaimed show The Man and the Donkey at The Customs House in South Shields, studied drama at Manchester University before attending the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

More than £4,000 was collected at her funeral in her hometown of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and at a memorial event at the Mill Dam theatre last September and earmarked to help young people pursue their dreams.

The Customs House
Customs House executive director Ray Spencer said: “In life often the saddest events can lead to a positive outcome.  Jackie Fielding would be delighted to know that her friends and colleagues have raised this amount of money to help young people make their first steps towards achieving their dreams.”

Jackie had worked on many plays at The Customs House both as an actor and director and had won awards for her work across the north east.

She had a keen eye for spotting talent and encouraging actors to take the next step in their career and as a result family and friends wanted any funds raised to support emerging talent in the region.
Last summer’s hit Geordie the Musical was dedicated to Jackie, who had been due to direct the show at The Customs House before her tragic death.

To apply to the fund please forward a CV of experience and supporting statement as to why you should receive funding to entitled The Jackie Fielding Fund by Sunday 5th June.

The shortlisted young people will be asked to audition before a panel of Jackie’s former colleagues on Monday 13th June.

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