The show must go on! And so it did for a Doncaster theatre group, despite thieves stealing their van and set just days before opening night.
The Black Cat Theatre Social Enterprise Company, which works with people with additional needs, were shocked to discover their belongings stored within a van had been taken as they were preparing for their panto performance of Sleeping Beauty at Doncaster Little Theatre last weekend.
The police found the van shortly afterwards and although it was a write off, the scenery and production equipment was all still inside.
Group chairman Andy Evans said: “I am seriously overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of the people in Doncaster who shared and sent comments on this horrible situation.”
And he said of how he and members had been left feeling: “It totally destroys you. You see me and the wife set this group up, we don’t get paid, we just love being involved in supporting the guys to do what they love.”
The estimated cost of the incident is £2,000 but folk have rallied around to help out and the performances went ahesad as planned.
Andy this week thanked MVS Recovery for their assistance and Hexthorpe Van Hire for the loan of a new vehicle.
Supporters took to social media after the incident expressing their anger and concern, these comments were left on Facebook.
Maisie Moore - What goes around comes around for the scumbags who stole it, sorry for what they have done to your van.
Michelle Kym Wade - Glad all set back but sorry bout y van andy and helen. I believe in karma.x
Jason Morris - disgusting!! no other words.
Gary Heath - Brilliant new about the van and im glad the set ok and hopfully what comes goes around