Kat’s kindness gives theatre a birthday bonus
17th November 2020
A theatre lover is asking friends and family to make donations to the Little Theatre instead of buying her birthday presents.
Keen amateur actress Kat Tindall hopes channelling gift cash to our venue will help funds which have been hit by closures and show postponements during the Covid pandemic.
Kat, from Alby near Cromer, who is 48 on November 22, messaged her friends saying: “As well as missing family and friends this year I have been desperately missing my love of theatre – both on stage and in the audience.
“Since we moved to Norfolk in 2006 Chris (her husband) and I have developed a close group of friends within the local arts community and know how very hard this year has hit the industry.
“So in lieu of any gifts you may have sent for my birthday what I would really love is for a charitable donation to go the Little Theatre. This would really make me smile, and if you’re able to add Gift Aid too that would be great.”
Kat, who is a director at team and leadership development business Akoma Consulting, explained: “This year has really put things into perspective – and we are planning to prioritise family gatherings over gift-buying when it is safe to do so in the future.
“The Little Theatre is so welcoming and always feels like part of our family when we go there, so we wanted to help. It may not raise a lot of money, but it might encourage others to do the same.”
Kat has appeared in shows at the theatre, and Cromer Pier, for the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society. Her first was Grace Farrell in Annie in 2007 at the pier, and her last was as grumpy pianist Mrs Fraser in Stepping Out at the Little Theatre last year, in a sell-out show that will be switched to Cromer Pier in 2021 as CSODS big musical.
Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “This is a kind and thoughtful gesture by Kat and her friends. Things are tough in the theatre world at the moment – so public donations like this are helping keep us open for the future so people like Kat can enjoy theatre as actors or theatregoers.”
Donations to Kat’s appeal – and in general – can be made via the Little Theatre website https://sheringhamlittletheatre.ticketsolve.com/products/donation
People making donations to mark Kat’s birthday are asked to cut and paste into the comments box “This is a donation in lieu of Kat Tindall’s birthday gift. Keep the lights on SLT!”