David Walliams’ best-selling children’s book Gangsta Granny is coming to the West End this July for a six-week summer season. And on 28 July there will be a special gala performance and auction to raise money for Age UK Camden’s Good Neighbours Scheme.
The show is adapted and directed by Camden resident Neal Foster, who took inspiration from his experience volunteering with the Good Neighbours Scheme. Neal visited Rose every week for six years until she died aged 103 and it changed both their lives. He continues to volunteer and is now visiting Joy who is 87. Neal is donating the entire proceeds of the gala performance of Gangsta Granny to support the scheme. With a full audience the show could raise £25,000.
He said: "I never knew my grandparents, so I've always been drawn to older people. When my mother died in her 70s of depression, I thought I can't help her anymore, but I can help someone else her age and that's just as good. It's wonderful to realise how important you can become to someone and how much effect you can have on their lives with just one visit a week. It's been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done."
Gangsta Granny tells the story of a young boy who develops a fantastic relationship with his Granny, who he thinks is a boring old lady until they hatch a plan together to steal the Crown Jewels. David Walliams said: "The terrific Birmingham Stage Company have produced a fantastic show. It's truly brilliant! And so much better than the book!"
Age UK Camden is an independent charity that provides high quality, innovative services and support to help older people to stay active, stay connected and get the most out of life. The Good Neighbours Scheme matches trained volunteers with isolated housebound older people.
Emma Doyle, Communications Manager, Age UK Camden, 020 7239 email@example.com