A Swindon theatre company that needed ten Zimmer frames for a tongue-in-cheek dance routine says the show can go on, thanks to SEQOL’s community equipment service.
When Michaela Kearns, director of A Chocolate Theatre Society, decided to stage Mel Brooks’s satirical cult classic The Producers, she knew that the musical would be a challenge.
But one challenge she hadn’t anticipated was getting hold of the props for the scene where the main characters are backed by a chorus line of elderly ladies on Zimmer frames.
“The Producers is very funny and clever, but it’s also one of the most difficult shows we’ve ever done, so I hadn’t anticipated that one of the greatest challenges would be sourcing the Zimmer frames,” said Michaela, who founded A Chocolate Theatre Society with her husband Kevin in 2010.
“We initially thought people involved in the production would be able to borrow frames off people they knew, but you wouldn’t believe how hard it was to find any. I tried commercial suppliers, companies that have supported us in the past, but no one could help us. Some looked horrified when we asked. Then someone thought to approach SEQOL’s community equipment service, and it is such a relief that they were willing to help – in fact, relief is an understatement.”
SEQOL, the organisation which provides a wide range of adult social care and community health services in Swindon, is a social enterprise and community interest company, with a commitment to embedding itself in the community it serves.
Delighted to come to the rescue
Simon Billingham, manager of SEQOL’s wheelchair and community equipment service, said his team was delighted to come to the rescue.
"We stock and lend out a large amount and wide range of equipment, and we couldn’t resist the plea from this popular community theatre," said Simon.
"These zimmer frames are loaned out to people with all sorts of conditions or disabilities, but I suspect this will be their first taste of the big stage! We’re really looking to see how these talented actors put them through their paces."
The Producers at The Commonweal School
The Producers runs until Saturday 20 April at The Commonweal School in The Mall, Old Town. Doors open at 6.30pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm. There is a licensed bar available, and tickets cost £8 each on Wednesday and Thursday, and £10 (£8 for concessions) on Friday and Saturday.
To book tickets go to http://www.chocolatetheatre.co.uk .
Tickets will also be available on the door, subject to availability.