Memorial evening will pay tribute to much-loved theatre director Jackie Fielding

A memorial show will pay tribute to much-loved theatre director Jackie Fielding.
A memorial show will pay tribute to much-loved theatre director Jackie Fielding.

A memorial evening is set to pay tribute to a much-loved member of the theatre community who tragically passed away earlier this year.

Actor and director Jackie Fielding lost her life after suffering a brain aneurysm while backstage at the Customs House, in South Shields.

This is an opportunity for people to come together and remember Jackie in a place she loved very much.

Ray Spencer, Customs House executive director

The event will be held at the Mill Dam venue on Sunday to remember her and raise funds to support emerging talent in the region.

The evening will feature performances brought together to celebrate Jackie’s contribution to the world of theatre, as a performer, director and friend.

Customs House executive director Ray Spencer, who will be the evening’s compere, said: “This is an opportunity for people to come together and remember Jackie in a place she loved very much.”

Among those taking part will be Tom Kelly, who had worked closely with Jackie on 13 shows, most recently Geordie The Musical, which she was due to direct. Tom will be reading The Water of Tyne including a special verse he added for the critically-acclaimed show.

He said: “It’s lovely Jackie is being remembered in such a way by friends throughout South Tyneside and beyond.”

Others taking part include Cloud Nine Productions, Bold as Brass, Ocean Arts, Ken Reay and actors Donald McBride, Jamie Brown, Wayne Miller and Iain Cunningham.

Jackie, who lived in South Shields, was originally from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

A fund has been set up in the 47-year-old’s name and a collection will be made at the end of the night.

Dedicated to Jackie’s memory, the fund will be used to help young people to pursue their dreams of attending drama school.

There will be anecdotes and excerpts from some of Jackie’s best known works, as well as clips of her TV appearances.

Anyone with stories they want to share about Jackie should contact Stephen Sullivan on stephen@customshouse.co.uk

Tickets for the 8pm event are free but should still be booked. Call 0191 454 1234.