Fundraisers abseil down the Kings

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SHOW-STOPPING performances usually take place inside the Kings Theatre, but all the attention was on its exterior this weekend when staff abseiled down the building.

Employees at the theatre and from the Victory-Land Theatre School scaled the building to raise money for the Kings Youth Theatre group yesterday.

Jamie Cooper abseils down the Kings Theatre''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142089-2)

Jamie Cooper abseils down the Kings Theatre''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142089-2)

Members of the public were also invited to take part in the event which raised £557 to support the group.

Jo Bennington is the youth theatre co-ordinator at the Kings.

She said: ‘It’s to raise awareness of the Kings Youth Theatre and to raise money to buy props, sets, costumes and outings to theatres to hone in the education that we want to give to the kids.

‘We’ve had a few nerves and a few tears but apart from that, the general atmosphere is people have been really excited and really buzzed for it.

‘It’s such a historic landmark and such a historic building and a chance to do this is one in a million.’

Participants were supported by instructors from Hi Rock Climbing Wall and Climbing Ambitions.

James Kirk, 23, from Victory-Land, said: ‘It’s really good fun and it’s exciting. It’s a good thing for Victory-Land to do to raise money.

‘We don’t often get a chance to abseil down the Kings Theatre. It’s such a good thing to do.

‘I have abseiled a bit before. I spent quite a bit of time in Vietnam and India and I did a course there. I used to instruct it.’

Kire Newport, 23, is a barmaid at the theatre. She said: ‘It’s a chance for me to help where I work and the people I work with.

‘The Youth Theatre does a lot of shows here so it’s lovely. I was very nervous. My legs went all wobbly. When you are stood up there and strapped in, it’s pretty horrible.

‘But it went all right and I got lots of good feedback from everyone.

‘I’m feeling really good about it. I am glad I did it.’

Kirsten Bassett, 24, from Victory-Land, added: ‘My new year’s resolution was to be a “yes woman” and do more things and this is for charity so it’s a good reason to do something new.

‘It was fun but scary. I am a little bit shaky but I’m glad that I’ve done it.

‘The worst bit was when you had to let yourself down but it was ok after that.’

To find out more please visit kings-southsea.com