Big Band Swings into Action to Raise the Roof – and Repair It!

Raising the roof in order to repair it! That’s the aim of an evening of big band music being held at the Dolman Theatre on Saturday 9 May.

Talented vocalist Phil Lee Thomas will be performing with the Swingcopation Chepstow Community Big Band at the Dolman Theatre. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Talented vocalist Phil Lee Thomas will be performing with the Swingcopation Chepstow Community Big Band at the Dolman Theatre. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The Swingcopation Chepstow Community Big Band will swing into action to lead the fund-raiser with their resident vocalists, Nataley Simpson and Phil Lee-Thomas, whom audiences will have seen recently in Newport Playgoers’ production of the Noel Coward classic ‘Waiting in the Wings’.

“The Dolman Theatre roof is desperately in need of repair and renovation,” said Phil Mansell, spokesperson for Playgoers who own and run the 400-seat theatre.

“This concert is the latest of several fund-raising events held to raise the necessary money to carry out the work. It’s sure to be a great evening of swing music performed by this great band which comprises music students from Wyedean School in Chepstow, several other local schools and from the wider community. They have appeared at many local festivals and venues from the Cotswolds to Cardiff. As well as great music there a hog roast – and audience members are being urged to dress to impress!”

Steve Bissex-Williams (centre) raised £970 with his show ‘This Is My Life’. Pictured with him are his guest performers Kevin Myers, Chris Bissex-Williams, Phil Lee Thomas  and Eloise Rossiter.

Steve Bissex-Williams (centre) raised £970 with his show ‘This Is My Life’. Pictured with him are his guest performers Kevin Myers, Chris Bissex-Williams, Phil Lee Thomas and Eloise Rossiter.

He added that the band’s motto, ‘Enjoy and Achieve’, reflects the fact that the focus is on fun while reaching high performance standards.

At another recent fund-raiser, Steve Bissex-Williams raised an amazing £970 towards the upkeep of the theatre’s roof with his one man show ‘This Is My Life’. A mixture of songs, reminiscences and special guests added up to a truly entertaining evening in the Dolman foyer.

Swingcopation will be performing at 7.30pm on Saturday 9 May at the Dolman Theatre. Tickets, which cost £20 (including food) should be booked in advance at the the box office by phoning 01633 263670 or by visiting www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.

 

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