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Shakespeare at the George’s charity bursaries

Credit: Photo by kind permission of SatG

One of Huntingdon’s summer highlights has been missing this year.

Since 1959, the Shakespeare at the George Company have been performing to audiences in the courtyard of the historic George Hotel, in Huntingdon.

This year’s production was to be Twelfth Night but due to the restrictions placed on all entertainment venues by Co-Vid 19 pandemic the play was unable to go ahead and postponed until the summer of 2021.

Many people don’t realise that the SatG company is a completely amateur dramatic society as the standard of their productions is so professional.   Every member of the cast, directors, backstage and technical crew are all unpaid volunteers who give their time to SatG because they love to do so.

SatG is also a Charitable Trust headed by a Board of Trustees. Any profits from performances go into the trust.  Each year the Trustees award from the Mo Pearce Bursary up to £1,000 to support amateur projects in the local area, that connect to theatre in any particular way.

They also award young students, who have been connected to the company in some way and who are at the beginning of their academic studies in any area connected to theatre, an individual bursary of £250.

Due to the pandemic and the postponement of this year’s production it has not been possible to add to the bursary fund in the conventional way.  However, the Trustees have set up a JustGiving campaign with the aim of raising £2,000 in order to continue the work of the bursaries.   So far the total raised has reached just 20% of the target.

If you would like to contribute go on line and visiting: https://www.justgiving.co,/campaign/satgbursaries