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Food bank collections at Guildford Shakespeare Company's Robin Hood shows

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Food bank collections at Guildford Shakespeare Company's Robin Hood shows

Published at 2:57pm 9th June 2018.

There are to be food bank collections at all of Guildford Shakespeare Company's performances of Robin Hood this month.

A total of seventeen shows will take place between 14-30 June as part of the company's open-air season, with collections in aid of the Guildford North Food Bank.

Company co-founder Matt Pinches said: “As a professional theatre company, we are passionate about our community and everyone who lives it. Our core work is widening arts engagement, but this also runs hand in hand with enabling social change.

"With a play like Robin Hood, we had an absolute conviction that we should champion this play’s sentiment in a practical way.”

“It seems impossible that 30% of Guildford’s children live in poverty, but it’s true. We hope that our collections will go some way to help our local communities, whilst shining a light on very real predicament for many families.”

The North Guildford Food Bank provides temporary help for individuals and families across three locations, helping to ensure no-one goes hungry.

Currently they requesting donations of the following:

  • Tinned fish and meat
  • Tinned or packet puddings and jelly
  • Liquid laundry detergent (ideally 2 in 1)
  • Bags for life

In 2017/18, the Trussell Trust, a leading voice on UK poverty and hunger, reported that over 1.3 million emergency three-day food supplies were handed out in UK from Food Banks, a rise of 13%.

As well as a rollicking adventure of daring-deeds and heroic action, the story of Robin Hood has also been synonymous with championing the most disadvantaged in society.

At May Day festivals in the 15th and 16th centuries, the characters of Robin and Marian would visit local merchants, collecting alms to distribute to the poor, which is where the origins of the signature phrase ‘robbing from the rich to give to the poor’ comes from.

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