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Tuesday, 3 July 2018
NEWS: South Shields couple take on Edinburgh Fringe in honour of parents
South Shields couple take on
Edinburgh Fringe in honour of parents
A South Shields
woman who lost both parents to cancer is honouring their memory by setting up a
theatre production company in their name and taking a show to the World famous
Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Stacy Walton, 35,
along with her fiance Wayne Miller, 39, decided to launch Walton-Gunn
Productions following the death of Stacy's father Tony Walton in 2016 and her
mother Maureen Walton in 2017.
Stacy says “Nursing
both parents through cancer and then losing them both within the space of 15
months was, without doubt, the hardest and most traumatic thing I've been
through. Being able to do something that honours them and doing it through
theatre, something which they loved, means something positive is coming out of
all of this.”
Stacy and Wayne are
taking a comedy show called “The Big Time” to the biggest arts festival in the
world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in August. Wayne says “It's the perfect
opportunity to showcase North East comedy and writing to an international
audience. We have a top cast that will no doubt bring the funny!”
The couple, who are
getting married in April 2019, are holding
a fundraising night with comedian Steffen Peddie, to help with the cost of
taking a show to Edinburgh. Stacy says “It's not easy starting off and we've
got an incredible opportunity to demonstrate just how much talent there is in
the North East. So, we're hoping to raise a little bit of money to get there.
If anyone can’t make it to the fundraiser but would like to help, we have a
JustGiving page for any donations.”
The fundraiser is
on at the Armstrong Hall in South Shields on Sunday 22nd July
at 7.30pm. Comedians Steffen Peddie and Bob Stott will perform alongside
singing talent Eilish Stout-Cairns and The A-Chuck Brothers.
'The Big Time' will
be performed at CRoyale on
George Street at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 1st-25th August.
There will also be preview shows in South Shields on 27th &
28th July at The Marine Pub, South Shields.