Theatre Group Makes a Difference

PUBLISHED: 17:32 29 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 31 May 2010

Cheque donation to refuge by Hyperfusion.
Saffron Walden.
July 21, 2008.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: Sarah accepts the cheque from Sarah while Mike and Hilary and other members of HyperFusion look on.
Names (L-R): Mayor Mike hibbs (mayor of S/W); Sarah Briggs (fundraiser for Refuge); Sarah Ellis (artistic director, HyperFusion); Hilary Shibata (mayoress of S/W).

Cheque donation to refuge by Hyperfusion. Saffron Walden. July 21, 2008. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Sarah accepts the cheque from Sarah while Mike and Hilary and other members of HyperFusion look on. Names (L-R): Mayor Mike hibbs (mayor of S/W); Sarah Briggs (fundraiser for Refuge); Sarah Ellis (artistic director, HyperFusion); Hilary Shibata (mayoress of S/W).

ACTRESSES who performed a show to raise awareness about domestic violence collected nearly £800 for the campaign. HyperFusion Theatre Company, based in Saffron Walden, presented a cheque to Refuge - a charity that provides shelter for the victims of domes

ACTRESSES who performed a show to raise awareness about domestic violence collected nearly £800 for the campaign.

HyperFusion Theatre Company, based in Saffron Walden, presented a cheque to Refuge - a charity that provides shelter for the victims of domestic violence - last Saturday.

Artistic director Sarah Ellis said: "Everyone who was involved gave their time for free for a cause we all felt passionately about. We are so proud to have again raised awareness of a very serious issue, produced fantastic theatre in the area and raised hard cash for a struggling charity."

Eight local women performed Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues at Saffron Walden County High School on International Women's Day on March 8.

Sarah Briggs, from Refuge, travelled up from London to meet the cast and collect the money on behalf of the charity. "For over 37 years, Refuge has provided life-saving services for up to 1000 women and children a day," she said. "The very generous HyperFusion donation will help us to reach out to even more women and children. We're very grateful for their support."

The Vagina Monologues are stories collected globally from women of all ages and from all walks of life who have suffered from violence, injustice and oppression.

This is the fifth year running that HyperFusion has raised money for Refuge by performing a version of the monologues.

Mayor of Saffron Walden Mike Hibbs, who attended the performance and the cheque presentation, said: "Having seen the show, I am looking forward to next year's. As a man I would encourage as many men as possible to experience the show. It won't be what you expect!"

Refuge was not the only charity to benefit from a HyperFusion performance. The company's theatre school presented a cheque for £400 to East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) last Saturday.

More than 100 young people from Saffron Walden and the surrounding villages, between the ages of five and 16, took part in a sell-out production of High School Musical in January.

For more information about the theatre company and their theatre school visit www.hyperfusion.co.uk. Details about Refuge can be found at www.refuge.org.uk.

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