Celebs show their support for Rotherham show

TOP celebrities, including actress Barbara Windsor, TV star Stephen Fry and even the Queen, are backing a new Rotherham production currently in rehearsal.

Clients of the Oaks Day Centre in Wath, which caters for people with learning difficulties, are preparing for the opening night of their play Wot a Wonderful Life by learning lines, making their own costumes and building the sets.

And the celebs sent their best wishes after clients at one of the centre's creative writing classes decided to write to them seeking their support.

Other big names backing the show include Prince Edward, actor/ presenter Stephen Fry, pop star Sir Cliff Richard, South Yorkshire cricket legend Dickie Bird. and several top football managers.

Community facilitator Maria Lopez said: “We decided to send out invites to celebrities nominated by the clients. We didn’t expect to hear anything back, but ever since we have been swamped with high-profile replies offering support for the evening.

“We now have a range of celebrity endorsements including letters, photos and signatures offering support and best wishes from such people as Phil Collins, Stephen Fry, Barbara Windsor and even a very special letter from the Queen.

“Every day is exciting as we wait for our special celebrity post.”

Wot A Wonderful World tells the intergalactic tale of a two-headed, time-travelling alien looking for home.

“We have one client who is an absolute magician with a sewing machine. The whole thing is very, very impressive," said Maria.

There will be three evening performances on May 12 to 14 at the Dearne Playhouse on Washington Road, Goldthorpe.

Tickets cost a minimum £5 donation to the group and are available by calling 01709 872225.