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Oliver! teams with Foodbank

Oliver! Community Musical teams up with Lowestoft Foodbank.

The community musical Oliver! currently in production by The Seagull and Marina Theatre for the show in August have teamed up with Lowestoft Foodbank to promote the show and raise some funds and supplies for the charity working to combat poverty and hunger across the area.

‘It felt like a really appropriate alliance’ said Karen Read, Manager of the Seagull and one of the producers. ‘The whole aim of working together is to show the strength of what we can achieve as a partnership but also to contribute to the community in the process’ she added.

Emma Butler Smith, CEO at Marina Theatre, was equally enthusiastic, ‘Poverty and hunger are big themes in Oliver and, sadly, just as relevant today so we approached the Foodbank and were delighted when they felt it was a good match.’

Ben Parish, from Foodbank said, ‘We are very pleased to be supporting the collaborative production of Oliver! by The Seagull and Marina Theatre. The topic of food poverty is still as relevant in 2018 as it was when Dickens wrote Oliver Twist. We are working with churches and community organisations across Lowestoft and the surrounding areas to support people in need, signpost them to other services, and to play our part in reducing food poverty.’

On Sunday 24 June from 11-5 at The Seagull people can contribute or donate food and use the Pakefield car park as a drop off point and to promote a new initiative from Foodbank – an option to donate via direct debit to help with the overheads involved in running the project and the buildings.

With an amazing cast and a production team from the area and the local drama and music groups, the show is going to be something special. Be transported back to the world of Dickens’ classic, bursting with energy and fun and with all the beloved songs, breath-taking dance and talented kids you could ask for. With Nancy, Dodger, Fagin and a wonderful company, come and join the gang for this epic show.

Catch Oliver! at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft from 23 August – 1 September 2018. Tickets start from £11.75 – £13.75. To book, call the box office on 01502 533200 or visit