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Actors' tribute to a tragic mum.



Byline: By Vince Gledhill

A play performed in memory of a Northumberland woman will help raise funds for rescue services.

Amateur theatre Amateur theatre is theatre which is not staged chiefly for financial benefit. Normally, previously published plays are staged, rather than new, unpublished work. This does depend on the progressiveness of the group to take on the challenge of new works  group Farcicle is putting on two short comedy plays at Alnwick Playhouse on Saturday to raise funds for work done by the Northumbria Search and Rescue Unit.

Farcicle was formed in Scotland in 2003 as a non-profit group raising funds for a variety of good causes through stage performances.

And on Saturday the Farcicle performance at Alnwick's Playhouse Theatre The Playhouse Theatre is a West End theatre in the City of Westminster, located in Northumberland Avenue, near Trafalgar Square and very close to the river Thames. The Theatre was built by F. H. Fowler and Hill with a seating capacity of 1,200.  will be used to add further funds to money already donated to the search and rescue organisation by friends and relations of Wendy Fairbairn.

Mrs Fairbairn, who was 46, went missing from home at Waterside House Farm in Alnmouth on December 10, 2005 and a few weeks later, on January 20, her body was found nearby on a small island in the River Aln The River Aln runs through the Alnwick district of the County of Northumberland in England, discharging into the North Sea on the east coast of England.

The river gives its name to the town of Alnwick and to the village of Alnmouth, and its source, Alnham in the Cheviot
.

At the time of Mrs Fairbairn's funeral many of the mourners made donations to the search and rescue organisation and on Saturday they will have a second chance.

Farmer Alan Jackson and his wife Lorna, friends of Mrs Fairbairn and her husband David, 50, organised the event.

Mrs Jackson said: "We were good friends of Wendy and wanted something positive to come out of the whole experience. We felt that this would be a good way to achieve that."

She added: "The search and rescue group is a very valuable organisation, especially in a rural area."

The volunteer unit that the funds will help is made up of two groups, Northumberland National Park Northumberland National Park is the northernmost national park in England. It covers an area of more than 1030 km² between the Scottish Border in the north to just south of Hadrian's Wall.It is one of the least populated and least visited of the National Parks.  Search and Rescue Team and North of Tyne Search and Rescue.

On the night of the play its members will be carrying out an annual training night mission to practise their search skills.

Andrew Miller, the National Park's Northern operations manager, said: "The Fairbairn family have been very kind to us. A lot of money was donated at the time of Wendy's funeral and for some time after, and apparently now the opportunity came up to raise some more through Farcicle."

Since its formation, the amateur dramatics dra·mat·ics  
n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1. The art or practice of acting and stagecraft.

2. Dramatic or stagy behavior: Cut the dramatics and get to the point.
 company has raised just over pounds 23,000 for a variety of good causes.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2007
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