Guildford Fringe Theatre Company’s hugely successful online variety show Guildford LIVE returns for a third instalment on Sunday 4 October at 6.30pm to celebrate Silver Sunday, the national day for older people, with a fantastic evening of music and magic. We are sponsoring the event through our dedicated community programme-Aspire.

The show, which will be hosted by Guildford Fringe director Nick Wyschna includes two West End musical stars, Scott Garnham and Maria Coyne, vintage vocal group The Bluebirds, Guildford’s Rock Choir and award-winning magician Ali Cook, with more acts to be announced.

The show will be streamed via the Guildford Fringe Theatre Company YouTube channel. It is free to join the virtual event and viewers will be able to make a donation to local charity Dementia Action Alliance (Guildford and Ash) on the night. Silver Sunday is a national day of free and fun events for the older generation across the UK.

Cllr Julia McShane, Lead Councillor for the Community says: “After the success of Guildford Fringe Theatre Company’s previous shows, we are pleased to be supporting the Silver Sunday family—friendly event to provide our community with fantastic entertainment and hopefully put a smile on the faces of all our residents young and old. I’ve had some great feedback from so many residents who have told me how much they have enjoyed the recent online events.”

Guildford Live’s Silver Sunday edition is presented in partnership with Aspire and our Community Services Team. Aspire is an initiative set up by the Council that underpins our commitment to all residents in the borough and the belief that every person matters. Our Community Services team are committed to improving the lives of our diverse range of communities in the borough and help communities develop local solutions for local issues. The Council have an Aspire Community Grants Scheme which offers funding for community projects which directly benefit residents in the borough.

Scott Garnham is best known for his appearances in West End productions of Les Miserables, Billy Elliott and Made in Dagenham, as well as the 25th anniversary concert performance of Les Miserables at the O2 Arena and Matt Lucas’s BBC comedy series Pompidou. Maria Coyne has appeared in the West End productions of Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and in the 40th anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show.

The Bluebirds are Birmingham’s answer to The Andrews Sisters, a vintage vocal harmony trio who specialise in retro sounds from the 1920’s to the present day. Their repertoire ranges from Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and In The Mood to Rock Around the Clock, Dancing in the Street and Uptown Funk. Illusionist Ali Cook is one of the best magicians in the country, with amazing sleight of hand, escapology, mind-reading and close-up magic.

Cllr Maddy Redpath, Older Persons’ Champion says “Silver Sunday is a fantastic idea and I am excited Guildford’s first event is going ahead. During these difficult times it is lovely to be able to bring some laughter into the lives of our older generation. I am also looking forward to next year when we can hopefully host it face-to-face.”

As well as Guildford LIVE, Guildford Fringe (alongside their sister company Gag House Comedy Clubs) have been producing online shows since the beginning of lockdown. They are now gearing up for live and person events which restart in November with two plays at The Back Room of The Star Inn and in December they will be producing Surrey’s only two Pantomimes, the adult panto in Guildford and Beauty and the Beast, the family Panto in Godalming.

Guildford LIVE #1 was streamed live at the end of April to thank the key workers of Guildford. It has now been viewed by 9700 people and has raised almost £3000 for two local charities, The Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity and The Wysch Foundation. Guildford LIVE #2 was on Thursday 28 May and raised £1000 for Guildford Philanthropy and The Wysch Foundation.

Nick Wyschna, managing director of Guildford Fringe commented “I am over the moon to be producing another Guildford LIVE, this time aimed at the older generation for Silver Sunday. The program of entertainment that I’ve put together has Silver Sunday in mind throughout. We have two West End stars singing songs from the musicals and some songs by Bobby Darrin, we have The Bluebirds who put a modern twist on old time music hall songs, we have award-winning magician Ali Cook who will wow us through our TV and computer screens, we even have a dance class which can be done either from your seat or on your feet, depending on how you feel and, to lead us all in song we have the superb Rock Choir. Guildford LIVE was just a little idea I had at the beginning of Lockdown. I am so happy people loved it so much that they want more! This will be a very special and most importantly FREE evening of fun and I can’t wait to share it with you.”

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