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Giving people a unique chance to perform …

Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette

We welcomed Darren Lord and Rachael Taylor from local theatre company 1640 Theatre Productions into the Phoenix FM studio this week to talk about their work in giving people a unique opportunity to perform on theatre stages for the first time.

Darren and Rachael talked to our Sunday morning presenter Jon Good about the project, which aims to place high quality, local talent on stage in regional theatres throughout the UK.

The ethos of the company is to give people an opportunity to perform in theatres, which they may never have had the chance to do so before. 1640 also raise funds and awareness for The Ben Kinsella Trust, one of the UK’s anti-knife crime charities.

We have significantly upped our arts coverage recently with the addition of Rob West and Claire Gevaux to the presenter team. Rob and Claire present the Arts Programme every Sunday at 4pm.

Some of the performers at their next event include Katie Blackwell and Jess Packard-White who have both sung live on Jon’s show, The Sunday Sessions, in recent weeks.

The interview can be heard again at

** Lots more guests coming up over the next seven days.

Jules Knowler from Saint Francis Hospice will be talking about the hospice’s latest activities on The Breakfast Show with Mike Porter.

Katie Heapy from local charity MCA Trust will be talking about post-natal depression on The Happiness Algorithm with James Roast.

There will also be live music in the studio from Sound of the Suburb, Mark Anthony and Leanne Louise.

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