Theatre company wants your help

Attic Rats members in rehearsals for Asylum
Attic Rats members in rehearsals for Asylum

derbyshire theatre company Attic Rats is running a Victorian sideshow for charity and is on the lookout for Victorian photographs of Derby and other curiosities.

Attic Rats are looking to raise up to £,1000 for the local charity Umbrella by running a Victorian Sideshow and photographic display at the Derby’s Guildhall Theatre.

The creative theatre group is performing an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s thought-provoking play Jekyll and Hyde.

Also, to compliment the play, a unique introduction Asylum has been written and will be performed to set the scene for the production.

During the week of the plays, the Guildhall will be transformed into a Victorian sideshow displaying curiosities from the Victorian era. Displays will include old photographs of Derby, natural specimens, fossils, artefacts and oddities. A central feature will be a Victorian barrel organ.

Attic Rats director Jonathan Leach commented: “We are looking to make the evenings of the performances totally unique. Not only will there be two great performances on offer but the public will be able to see a selection of Victorian memorabilia and artefacts for a small donation to the charity Umbrella.

He continued: “Umbrella provide an essential lifeline for disabled children and their families. Money is needed to continue their great work and as funding is consistently reducing we felt that we would try to help in a small way by trying to raise funds.”

To help raise the £1,000, Attic Rats would love to hear from anyone who is able to lend any Victorian photographs, memorabilia or curiosities for four days in October. All displays will be made secure.

In addition, there will be a daily prize draw running in aid of Umbrella to help raise funds.

Jonathan Leach can be contacted on 07952 675862.

Attic Rats will be performing Jekyll and Hyde at the Guildhall Theatre from October 6-8.

Tickets are available by calling the box office on 01332 255800.