Oh Yes we have! Dairi-Pak Has A Bright Idea At Panto Time
Our MD’s love of amateur drama and a wish to help the neighbours over the festive season inspired us to help a theatre group in its hour of need.
We donated £500 to the Ruyton Amateur Theatrical Society (RATS) after the dimmer pack controlling its lighting recently failed – meaning it needed both a new pack and lighting board.
For our Managing Director Tim Gray, their plight brought back memories of his happily ‘misspent’ youth treading the boards.
Let there be light: Dan Birch as Barbie Botox, left, and Steve Thomas as Gepetto.
“I did a lot of acting when I was a teenager and know how valuable these groups are at the heart of our communities,” said Tim. “I also know how hard it can be for a small society to cope with sudden unexpected expenses like this. So, as a local firm, we were only too pleased to help.”
The gift was a lifeline for RATS, the group’s chairman Ann Johnson told us. “We are hugely grateful to Dairi-Pak. For our last production we had to hire the equipment in at the last moment after the dimmer pack failed and it hugely knocked the small profit we made.
“For a local company like Dairi-Pak to step in and effectively buy us the equipment we need makes a real difference to a group of our size,” added Ann, who lives in Whittington.
“As a result of the company’s generosity, we pressed ahead with the purchase of the dimmer pack, in time for our panto in December. The lighting board may have to wait as we seek further grant funding or donations.”
The theatre group, formed in 1978, stages two productions a year at the village hall in Ruyton-XI-Towns. The panto – Pinocchio – ran at the village hall from December 2 to 5, 2015.
We wish RATS well in their bid to replace their lighting board too. You can see pictures of the production and find out more about the group on its Facebook page.