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One show. One charity. 48 hours.

3 September 2008

A theatre company set up by Bristol graduates is organising a daring drama event, Showtime Challenge, to raise money for charity.

Eyebrow Productions' challenge is to rehearse the show Me and My Girl in 48 hours, for a one-night-only production that will take place on 26 October at the London Palladium. All proceeds will go to the Anthony Nolan Trust.

With backing from a whole host of celebrities including Dame Judi Dench, Mel Smith, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Gail Porter, Robert Lyndsay and others, this event will prove to be an evening not to be missed.

This is Eyebrow's third Showtime Challenge and follows on from the resounding success of Into the Woods, hosted by actor and director Mel Smith, and Sweet Charity, hosted by TV presenter Gail Porter.

Showtime Challenge is unique in providing an opportunity for singers, actors and dancers currently in full-time work to participate, as the 48 hour rehearsal period allows the best of the best to be involved without having to worry about accommodating lengthy rehearsals. Showtime Challenges 1 and 2 saw employees from education, nursing, catering, the Ministry of Defence and investment banking joining professional performers on stage. Established artists also welcomed the chance to perform in a great venue with a crack team of directors and a professional orchestra.

Eyebrow was created in 2001 by former members of Bristol's Dramsoc and Opsoc. All members work on a voluntary basis and all profits go to charity. Bristol alumni involved in Eyebrow include: Ian Haig (BSc 2001) (Producer), John Sheerman (BSc 2001) (Director), Esther Biddle (BA 2002), Leigh Thompson (BA 2000) (Musical Director), Kate Buxton (BA 2001), Alex Micklewright (BSc 2001), Alex Sutton (BA 2003, MA 2007), Louise Knight (BA 2002) and Sheara Abrahams (BA 2003).  Some Bristol graduates also made the cut out of the 500 who auditioned for Me and My Girl.