Hospice patient makes waves with charity production

Willen Hospice is set to stage its first ever theatre production later this month, thanks to an original screenplay written by a patient.

Mel Hall, who is being supported by the Hospice, wrote ‘The Seafarer’ to raise money for the local charity after experiencing their care first hand. The family friendly production is set to music by volunteers Bob Stott and Steve Royle and features actors recruited from the local area.

The Seafarer will be performed at the Chrysalis Theatre on Saturday 27 April in matinée and evening performances. Set in 1670, the play tells the tale of cabin boy, Jack Hawkins and his captain who are returning home to Bristol after a lengthy voyage from the Caribbean.

Mel said: “I can’t thank Willen Hospice enough for the support they have given me to improve my quality of life. I love writing and this production has given me a real chance to do something I enjoy and give back to the Hospice at the same time. Huge thanks to the amazing Bob and Steve for the musical arrangements, and to the Hospice team who have been so encouraging to make this happen.”

Bob added: “We are thrilled to be involved in bringing Mel’s production to life. It’s be great working alongside local performers who are really putting their heart and soul into it. We can’t wait to show it off to lots of guests when we go live!”

Tickets for The Seafarer are on sale now for just £10. All proceeds go to Willen Hospice. Performances take place at 3pm and 7.30pm. Find out more and book at http://www.willen-hospice.org.uk/seafarer

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