In October 2017 we were targeted, by a gang of thieves, on our way home from a performance in Hull, Yorkshire.
Equipment to the value of £6,000 was taken, from our van whilst we stopped to stretch our legs near Leeds.
“We were absolutely devastated” says writer, John Woudberg, “They’ve basically stolen our livelihood. We parked at a retail village, near Leeds, to stretch our legs. The gang of men pulled up beside us. They looked like workmen, so we thought nothing of it but when we returned, minutes later, they had drilled out the driver’s side lock and taken everything of any value.”
As a small not-for-profit company, we operate without any revenue funding. We have been touring Britain and abroad, for over thirty years raising awareness of domestic violence and important social issues. We take professional theatre to community venues. It’s important for us to be able to turn these spaces into a theatre. Lighting is a big part of that.
Kindness at a difficult time
“We’d had an amazing response to our performance of ‘Lady In Red’,” says actor Claire Moore, “so we were on a real high, coming home. We thought we were going to have to cancel bookings in the run up to Christmas – something we have never done. Then Eaton came to the rescue. They kindly offered us the use of a Zero 88 lighting desk and dimmer packs to help us out whilst we try to raise funds to replace what we need. Their help and kindness certainly helps to restore our faith in human kind and has enabled us to perform to over 1000 people who we wouldn’t have been able to reach without their support. I cannot thank them enough!”
“We were really sorry to hear about the robbery” said Jon Hole, Product Manager for Zero 88. “The company do valuable work in communities across the UK using Zero 88 product. We are more than happy to help them out and wish them all the best in their fund-raising efforts.”
Anyone wishing to support our fund-raising efforts to replace equipment can make a donation online: https://www.paypal.me/cctheatre
Eaton Zero 88 are a manufacturer of lighting control equipment for the entertainment industry. http://zero88.com/