A VARIETY show is taking place in memory of an avid theatregoer to raise money for charity.
The Loyal Variety Show, at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, has been organised by ventriloquist Steve Hewlett in honour of his friend and fan Joyce Brown.
Joyce, from Cheslyn Road, Milton, died from a brain tumour in May last year, at the age of 75.
She had a passion for the theatre, particularly variety shows, and was a loyal fan of Steve’s since she first saw him perform in 1993, when he was 18 years old.
Joyce would go to Steve’s shows regularly and the pair became close friends – she even went to his wedding.
And now Steve, 37, has organised a show in Joyce’s honour to raise money for the Portsmouth Brain Tumour Society and the Kings Restoration Fund.
‘Joyce loved variety shows,’ Steve said. ‘So I thought this would be a nice way to pay tribute to her in her favourite theatre.
‘I’ve tried to get as many of her family members and friends involved as possible as well as some of the professional acts she liked – it’s a real mixture but there’s something for everyone.’
Steve will perform alongside Timestep School of Dance, WOW dance group, Hampshire Classical Guitar Orchestra, and a number of comedy acts and singers including two of Joyce’s nieces, cousins Kaana Ware and Molly Scott. Kaana, 15, of Gritanwood Road, Eastney, said: ‘I’ve been doing musicals since I was about eight so I’m used to being on the stage, but I’ve never been in a show at the Kings.
‘I’m really excited about it, especially because it’s for my auntie, that makes it even more special.’
Molly, 14, of Douglas Gardens, Havant, added: ‘Auntie Joyce would be so proud to know we we’re in a show at the Kings. She loved hearing us sing – we’re doing it for her.’
The Loyal Variety Show takes place tomorrow from 7pm. Tickets cost £12 and all profits are split between the two charities. Call (023) 9282 8282.