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Preview: Dolly Mixtures at South Shields Customs House
Wednesday 24th August - Saturday 3rd September 2016
Theatre fans are being called upon to help bring the true story of a group of extraordinary women to life this summer.
The Customs House has launched its first Crowdfunder campaign, hoping to raise £15,000 to bring The Dolly Mixtures story to the stage.
This new musical is the story of eight incredible women who set up a variety act when one of their husbands' was diagnosed with cancer – later going on to raise £100,000.
It is written by the dream team of Tom Kelly and John Miles, who were behind hit shows Tom & Catherine, The Machine Gunners and Dan Dare at the arts venue.
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Customs House executive director Ray Spencer, who is also directing The Dolly Mixtures, said: “They overcame amorous committee men, transport troubles and difficult audiences to raise £100,000 across the North East for Cancer Research.These women really were the North East’s very own Calendar Girls and we’re hoping the people will help bring this fantastic story to life.”
These women formed an unbreakable bond - touring the male dominated social clubs, breaking down barriers and raising smiles, eyebrows and much needed funds along the way.The fabulous, funny and cheeky Dolly Mixtures donned crazy wigs and costumes, sang their hearts out and generally made fun of themselves all for an amazing cause.The girls took to the road, while juggling kids and full time jobs, to do something truly special.
The Dolly Mixtures runs from Wednesday 24th August to Saturday 3rd September and follows last summer’s smash hit Geordie the Musical, also written by Tom Kelly.