A Lincolnshire theatre company is to perform a pantomime this weekend with all proceeds going to charity.
Theatre Workshop Fun – based in Bourne – is to showcase its rendition of Hansel and Gretel on Saturday.
All money raised from ticket sales will be donated to Don’t Lose Hope, a mental health charity which is also based in the town and which provides counselling for those in need.
Emma Taylor, 50, founded Theatre Workshop Fun in 2019 after Paul Fellows, the ex-mayor of Bourne, helped fund the company’s first set of workshops targeted at young performers.
“There was a demand in the community for a theatre company, and the workshops provide the children a way to make friends and build their confidence,” she said.
Taylor works closely with the Don’t Lose Hope founders Nicola and Dom Brister through volunteering at its community garden and shed, a local venue that provides a safe space for people seeking support.
Her involvement with the charity also led her to be nominated for a BBC Make a Difference Award in 2022.
Dozens of Bourne residents have been involved with the new pantomime with volunteers helping with everything from costumes and backstage props to designing advertisement posters.
“I’m simply overwhelmed by the positive reaction from the community,” Taylor said.
The pantomime will be performed at Elsea Park Community Centre on Saturday, February 10 and 17.