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Businesses in Bishop's Stortford were instrumental as live outdoor theatre returned to the town for the first time in two years.

Water Lane Theatre Company, the Stortford amateur dramatics group which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary, staged a picnic production of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy Twelfth Night in Monastery Garden, off Windhill, over four days (July 1-4).

And the support of one neighbourly business in particular saved the production from going down the pan.

Some of the Twelfth Night cast with Isabel Hospice fundraiser Renee Friend and Judith Bates, manager of Bishop's Stortford's Premier Travel, which was the headline sponsor (49006484)
Some of the Twelfth Night cast with Isabel Hospice fundraiser Renee Friend and Judith Bates, manager of Bishop's Stortford's Premier Travel, which was the headline sponsor (49006484)

Water Lane has previously been allowed use of the Windhill Churches Centre as toilets for audiences for its summer Shakespeare shows at the idyllic location – including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lav's Labour's Lost and Much A-Poo About Nothing. But this time, because of Covid, the centre – which is shared by St Michael's and St Joseph's churches – was off limits.

That meant hiring portable loos at considerable cost and finding somewhere to put them. Water Lane approached Dotmatics, the global pharmaceutical software and technology firm whose HQ is at The Old Monastery in Windhill, which not only allowed use of some of its staff parking bays to site the toilets but also covered the cost of their hire.

Twelfth Night director Richard Pink switched the setting for the contemporary production from Illyria to a holiday complex in Marbella – and appropriately the headline sponsor was Premier Travel of South Street.

Lindsey Trundle and Holly Nugent at Click Click, who printed T-shirts for Twelfth Night cast members Sally Fenton (Captain) and 'Head of Fun' Feste (Paul Winspear) (49006467)
Lindsey Trundle and Holly Nugent at Click Click, who printed T-shirts for Twelfth Night cast members Sally Fenton (Captain) and 'Head of Fun' Feste (Paul Winspear) (49006467)

And Potter Street photo centre Click Click printed T-shirts for cast members Paul Winspear, who played 'Head of Fun' Feste, and 'Captain' Sally Fenton of Carla's Cruises.

South Street's Twisted Cellar had its mobile bar – in a converted vintage 1972 Citroen HY van called Henny – at Monastery Garden for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances.

The production once again supported Isabel Hospice, whose volunteers manned a stall selling hot drinks and snacks for the three evening shows and the Sunday matinee and also ran a raffle. Together they raised over £700, with donations from Twisted Cellar and Water Lane to follow.

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Isabel Hospice fundraiser Renee Friend with Twelfth Night production manager and cast member Michael Beavan (who played Sebastian) outside the Indie's office window, which promoted the production (49006479)
Isabel Hospice fundraiser Renee Friend with Twelfth Night production manager and cast member Michael Beavan (who played Sebastian) outside the Indie's office window, which promoted the production (49006479)


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