Elephants come to Gorleston in Parablenalia

WIT and warmth mingle in a new show with an elephant at its heart – Parablenalia, The Circus of Life.

In it sketches, music and comedy become the ideal vehicle for the telling of parables old and new under the magic wand of producer Clare Winter.

It follows the success of Blessed Be – also a Churches Together production – which addressed the issues of homelessness and discrimination.

Mrs Winter said: “In Parablenalia the elephants in the room are the care needs of those caring for the elderly, for those with special needs, and with mental health issues. The other subject raised is overseas aid and the essential need of clean water and basic sanitation that WaterAid are raising funds for.

“The script writer feels passionately that such subjects need to come out of the closet and be aired especially by the churches throughout the area. The profits raised will be donated equally to East Coast Hospice and also to WaterAid, so that every bum on a seat is making a difference. Each scene looks at several ways that there are opportunities to make a difference, especially in this new political age of ‘The Big Society’.

“The punch line of every sketch is ‘make a difference’ and by the end of the performance a couple of difficult subjects would have been outed and on the back of the programme there will be no elephant in the room.”

The cast of around a dozen supported by a large choir are said to deliver a pacy mix of sketches, both funny and poignant, with “phenomenal” music from Carol Clayton.

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l The show is at Gorleston Pavilion on March 16-19 at 7.30pm, tickets �5/�6. Call 01493 665374.