Musical fundraiser to remember South Shields director who collapsed and died during Customs House production

Jackie Fielding
Jackie Fielding

A musical tribute to a much-loved theatre director in South Tyneside has attracted stars of stage and screen to perform in support of two local charities.

Forgotten Broadway is the title of this year’s fundraiser in aid of The Jackie Fielding Trust and The Customs House Trust.

Singing group Encore

Singing group Encore

It takes place tomorrow at 7pm, at The Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, where Jackie Fielding oversaw many popular productions.

Among the acts lined up to perform are West End actors Jamie Birkett and Alice Stokoe, The Voice’s Melissa Cavanagh, The Customs House panto favourites Steven Lee Hamilton and David John Hopper and local singing group Encore.

Jen Stevens, Angela Hannon, Rosie Ramsey, Louise Gray, Lauren Gordon, Bethan Amber Carr-Brown and South Tyneside Dance Workshop will also appear and the evening will be compered by Ray Spencer, executive director of The Customs House.

Gareth Hunter, artistic director of Ion Productions, who has put the show together, said: “The show will feature lesser known, newer or forgotten musical theatre songs with something for everyone.

“There is a fantastic line-up of people giving us their time and Ray Spencer will be on hand to guide us through the evening in his own unique style. There are two great charities being supported and it would be great if we got a good turnout.”

The Jackie Fielding Trust was launched last year to help young people from the North East pursue a career in the performing arts, awarding a total of £2,000 in its first year.

Jackie was renowned for her unwavering support, advocacy and development of emerging artists in the North East, many of whom have since gone on to carve out successful careers in their chosen genres.

Jackie, who lived in South Shields, died in May 2015, after suffering a brain aneurysm while working on The Man and the Donkey at The Customs House.

Her family and friends were keen to raise money in her memory to support young people from the north east in need of funding towards training fees for musical theatre, dance and acting courses.

Tickets for Forgotten Broadway are priced from £15. Contact the box office on (0191) 455 1234 or book online at www.customshouse.co.uk.

The trustees of The Jackie Fielding Trust have also set up a JustGiving page for those who can’t make the show, but would still like to donate.

It can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jackiefieldingtrust.