Play set in a charity shop

Billie Poulton, 18, from Upper Beeding plays new member of staff, punk rocker Leanne
Billie Poulton, 18, from Upper Beeding plays new member of staff, punk rocker Leanne

CHARITY volunteers are joining forces with drama enthusiasts for the latest production by a Lancing amateur dramatic society.

Lancing Repertory Players’ spring production, Volunteers, is a comedy in two acts about a charity shop that will provide a ‘fascinating insight into what goes on behind the scenes’.

Directed by Susie Rickett from Upper Beeding, the play sees shop manager Brenda having to deal with staff and customers as she copes with changes when the charity decides to take on a new image and younger staff.

Billie Poulton, 18, of Manor Road, Upper Beeding, plays one of the new members of staff, punk rocker Leanne.

Many of the props used on stage will be supplied by Lancing charity Electric Storm Youth and during the interval, the audience will be able to find out more about its work, as well as view an array of goods on sale.

Marlene Tincknell, chairman of Lancing Repertory Players, said: “In the past 15 months we have strengthened our ties with the Lancing community.

“We had such fun being part of Adur Sea of Lights last year and our new collaboration with Electric Storm Youth will benefit us both, as we share resources and jointly raise awareness of all the great arts, entertainment, and opportunity that exists in Lancing.”

Marion Peskett, chairman of Electric Storm Youth, said: “We have been encouraged and delighted by this extraordinary coincidence of a play entitled Volunteers to be put on by Lancing Repertory Players at such an appropriate time.

“We are looking forward to the performances and hope we can work together again in the future.”

Volunteers by Hilary Mackelden will be performed at Lancing Parish Hall from May 1 to May 3, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8. Visit or call 01903 243558 to book.