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First Night Riders 2013 Raises Over £13,000 for The Theatrical Guild

First Night Riders 2013 Raises Over £13,000 for The Theatrical Guild

The First Night Riders 2013 are set to beat their previous annual fundraising targets as sponsors continue to donate after the event has come to a close.

This year, 34 people were sponsored to take part in the ride with riders coming in from all over the globe. Award winning film director Vadim Jean and director of The Theatres Trust Mhora Samuel were accompanied by internationals such as Bill Sapsis of Sapsis Rigging (USA), Rob Hamilton of DWD theatre design joined by Al Cushing, Dave Garson and Wes Jenkins (Canada) and Dick and Marie Lindström of Anderson & Co (Sweden).

"We do the First Night Riders' American equivalent event - The Long Reach Long Riders - every year and are thrilled to be a part of the British one!" says Hamilton, principle consultant at DWD theatre design. "FNR is in aid of a great charity, it's got great people and great geography. If you haven't got all three, you can't make it fly, and this event definitely has all three."

The money raised will go directly to The Theatrical Guild providing aid to theatre industry staff for a range of needs, including education or retraining, financial support and access to counselling. Supporters of this year’s event included The Mackintosh Foundation, PLASA and ABTT, Triple E, White Light, Haworth Tompkins, Unusual Rigging, ETC, Hawthorn, Flint Hire Supply, The Fifth Estate and Charcoalblue. (For a full list of sponsors please visit the FNR website).

The events co-organiser David Edelstein, managing director of entertainment equipment engineering company Triple E, comments: "It is a 'win win' for anyone connected with technical theatre as FNR is a great opportunity to tour theatres you wouldn't normally get the chance to see, such as being taken on an exclusive tour of the Birmingham Rep's new studio theatre before it opens to the public."

Along with Birmingham Rep, the four-day tour pit-stopped at the London Roundhouse, Oxford Playhouse, Festival and Arts Theatres Cambridge, Set Up Scenery, Buxton Opera House, Sheffield Crucible and Lyceum theatres, and the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury.

"I would like to thank each and every person who joined this year's ride," says Jane How, chairman of the TTG. "The First Night Riders is now one of our largest fundraising events and thanks to them, and of course Brenda and David Edelstein, we can continue to help the increasing amount of people in need in the theatre. Congratulations to all I can't tell you how grateful we are at this end!"

Sponsorship for the ride is still open. If you'd like to get involved, contact david.edelstein@3-eee.com

In picture: 34 people were sponsored to take part in the ride with riders coming in from all over the globe.

4th July 2013

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