Variety is the spice of life at St Mary’s show

Some of the cast of this years variety show that will be held at St Mary's Church.
Some of the cast of this years variety show that will be held at St Mary's Church.

A talented array of dancers, singers and musicians of all ages will take to the stage at St Mary’s Church in Banbury on Saturday, January 25 for the church’s annual variety show.

More than 80 performers drawn from local dance troupes, choirs and amateur dramatic societies will stage a heart-warming display of dance, music and comedy to raise funds for the upkeep of the town centre church.

Organiser Marilyn Fairbairn said there is sure to be something on the bill to suit all tastes.

She explained: “There will be a wide variety of performances, everything from dance, singing, comedy and poems.

“There will be something for almost everyone.

“It’s a really good chance for our wide variety of performers to show what they can do.”

Mrs Fairbairn’s daughters Erica and Rebecca will be compering the show and said it is a chance to bring the whole St Mary’s community together.

“We bring our friends and our friends all enjoy it as well.

“It’s a chance for people who haven’t seen each other for a while to meet up ,” said Rebecca.

“It’s something for everyone in the community to enjoy together.”

Highlights of this year’s show include the Charlottes – a spoof dance troupe made up of performers who can’t officially dance!

The show will culminate with the audience being given flags and performers returning to the stage and singing Jerusalem – just as they do in the Proms.

The show will raise vital funds for the costly upkeep of the 18th century building.

Mrs Fairbairn said: “The upkeep of the church is a really big expense and to keep this open for the people of Banbury is very important.

“Where else are you going to get a building like this?”

There will be a bar and refreshments on the night.

Tickets are available from One Man Band in White Lion Walk priced at £7.50 adults, £5 children, £6 concessions and £20 for a family ticket, or from the Box Office on 01295 265835.

The organisers are hoping for a capacity crowd of at least 300 to help the night go with a swing.