A great number of ideas are born over a few drinks in the pub and Variety Express's birth was no exception!
In 1980 a few people, several of whom had previously been involved in amateur theatre productions, suggested forming a new entertainment group. They thought a combination of singing and dancing with a little comedy thrown in would be a good recipe. This group could perform locally and hopefully be able to raise some much needed money for local charities.
The proceeds of that first show, some £200, were tripled the following year and have increased substantially ever since. In fact, since its conception back in 1980, Variety Express has donated over £108,000 to charities including nursing homes, Lister Hospital and dozens of specialist care organisations.
Variety Express is still going strong and involves a team of well over 30 members with each person providing an essential role, from back stage 'hands on deck' to sound and lighting technicians, and of course there's the cast! Our musical director, Geoff Page has been with us from the very beginning!
Variety Express has come a long way in its thirty year history and our aim is to provide a fabulous evening's entertainment, at a very reasonable price, and most importantly to provide our chosen charities with the biggest donation we can!