Auditions for wartime musical to be held at Brookside Theatre

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 January 2018

A previous production of The Good Intent at Brookside Theatre.

A previous production of The Good Intent at Brookside Theatre.

Brookside Theatre

An original musical telling the story of how an American hero saved hundreds of school children during the Second World War will once again be performed in Romford.

The Good Intent, written and produced by playwrights Gerry Sweeney and Dave Ross, is going to be making its way to the Brookside Theatre, Eastern Road, later this year and the pair are hoping to find talented residents to star in their show.

Gerry said: “Over the years, I have been excited and impressed with the amount of talent in Havering.

“I have also been proud of how our youngsters have blossomed into fantastic performers, some of whom I invited to perform at last year’s prestigious Mayor’s Charity show at the Queen’s Theatre.

“Quite a few of our original Community company have also gone on to become professional actors.”

Gerry and Dave were commissioned by the Queen’s Theatre in 1997 to write and produce the play, performed by members of the community, and to celebrate its 21st anniversary of the original production, they decided to once again put on the show.

The Good Intent tells the incredible true story of pilot Raimund Sanders-Draper, a young American who finds himself posted to Hornchurch’s Battle of Britain airfield, attracted by his love of Spitfire planes.

On March 24 1943, he saved the lives of 650 students plus staff members at Sutton School in Hornhcurch, when his Spitfire plane’s engine died and the plane went into a spin short of the nearby airfield.

He deliberately crashed the plane to avoid hitting the school and was killed in the crash.

The school was renamed in his honour to Sanders Draper School in 1973 on the 30th anniversary of the crash, until 2014, when the school was once again renamed to Sanders School.

Gerry and Dave are looking for people aged 10 and older that can sing and act to star in their production.

Auditions for The Good Intent will be held at Brookside Theatre tomorrow (Sat) between 10am-1pm.

Gerry said: “I believe that this particular story is a major part of our local heritage and should be told on a regular basis. “To be part of this homage to war time Hornchurch and other surrounding areas will help to maintain this heritage.”

To find out more information, call Gerry on 07931 520420.

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