Star attractions up for a worthy cause

Becky Lawrence, DCU production of Miss Saigon

Becky Lawrence, DCU production of Miss Saigon

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THERE’s a star-studded evening planned for the Gaiety Theatre on Sunday, all in aid of a good cause.

A Pocket Full of Stars features a feast of entertainment, in aid of the Isle of Man Adoption Society and Fostering First.

LET US ENTERTAIN YOU: Joey Wylde and (below) Becky Lawrence

LET US ENTERTAIN YOU: Joey Wylde and (below) Becky Lawrence

Among the performers are musician Joey Wylde, dancer Laura Breadner and singer Becky Lawrence.

The event has been organised by Theatrix company and will also feature its Theatrix Competition Kids and its team of Irish dancers.

Other peformers lined up for the show, which gets underway at 2.30pm, are Chris Maybury, Alice and Katie Watson, the Comfort Zone Kids, Definition Dance Company, Iain Dixon, Kathryn Power and Lenoie Hodgson.

There will also be performances from Nick Kinrade, Pirates of the Curry Bean and the Youth Arts Centre contemporary dance team.

And if you’re looking for a little bit of magic, then the Young Magicians of Mann are on hand to cast a spell over proceedings.

The Isle of Man Adoption Service is a voluntary adoption agency and registered charity on the Isle of Man.

Agency manager Catriona Morris said: ‘We are in contact with around 100 adoptive families living on the island, many of whom have children who have had some difficult early life experiences and have spent a period of time in care before being placed for adoption.

‘The support IOMAS provides for families and for children individually recognises that some children may have missed out on some vital stages in their development and so may have limited self confidence, self esteem and social skills.’

She added: ‘By providing a range of activities for adopted children, as well as the services of a play therapist, we are able to help children build new skills and become more confident in their day to day dealings with other people – children and adults alike – and to be able to progress more confidently into more community based activities.

‘Expression through drama and music as well as through activities based in nature are extremely beneficial, and we are very grateful to Theatrix for providing this opportunity to develop drama further for the island’s adopted children.

‘In 2012 we are also continuing to fund raise to maintain our part-time play therapist.

‘Those children who have spent time with her have been able to manage their emotions more carefully and learn to express their thoughts and fears in an environment which is safe, child friendly and confidential to the child.’

Fostering First was set up in 2010 after a contractual agreement was signed between the government and Isle of Man Children’s Centre.

It is responsible for organising the island’s fostering services.

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