THEATRE lovers in Somerset dug deep into their pockets to donate more than £290 to the Alzheimer’s Society after enjoying performances of the Taunton Thespians’ recent summer show.

The outdoor touring production was a brand new adaptation of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Lords and Ladies performed at beautiful outdoor venues across Somerset.

The comic fantasy was very popular with audiences in spite of the unseasonably wet and cold weather.

Mark Dawson, chairman of Taunton Thespians, said: “When Sir Terry very sportingly gave the Thespians permission to adapt one of his novels for our summer show, we wanted to find a way to say thanks.

"Since his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago, Sir Terry has done so much to raise awareness about the disease.

“We decided to ask our audiences at the end of each performance to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society. People were very generous and I was thrilled to be able to pass the takings onto the Alzheimer’s Society towards their excellent work.”

The Thespians are now busy starting work on their autumn production, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor, which will be produced at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre from November 13 to November 17.

Tickets are already on sale at, priced £10 for a standard ticket and £3 for students/children/unwaged.

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