Performathon to help puppets tell it how it is

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A show from the West End which uses puppets to tell life how it is will be staged in Spalding after the success of a 24-hour performathon.

Act II Theatre Company is to stage Avenue Q at the South Holland Centre from February 13 to 15, using puppets designed by Nigel Plaskitt, who built the original West End set.

The performathon - or 24 hours of live entertainment - took place ealier in the month to raise money to hire the set of puppets.

Starting in the town centre, it moved to Ayscoughfee Hall Museum where company members who will be in the show and staff performed all night.

People could watch the performance during the museum’s opening hours and follow progress through the night via Act II’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Karl Gernert, organiser, said they had managed to raise £1,000 of the £2,000 needed to stage the show. He said: “The performathon was a great success and did a great job in bonding the cast of the show.”