Amateur performers to get a chance in the spotlight

Amateur performance groups are being given a chance for a moment in the spotlight as part of a spectacular showcase of variety entertainment.

Jonathan Mellor, who volunteered back stage for years at the Playhouse Whitley Bay, is now helping throw the spotlight on the plight of amateur performance groups with his showcase.

All the money from ticket sales is going back to the local groups

Jonathan Mellor

‘The Show Must Go On’ will feature a number of local groups and societies who have performed at the Playhouse over recent years as well as some new emerging bands.

And Jonathan hopes that the event will provide much needed financial support to these groups who have been hit by spiraling costs and increased competition.

Jonathan said: “Putting on community shows is very expensive and we are at a real risk of losing some of our performing heritage and opportunities for young and old if we don’t support activity like this.

“Many of the local groups including Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Operatic Societies have been performing at the coast for years but with dwindling ticket sales and increased competition they are finding it more of a challenge to keep their heads above water.

“All the money from ticket sales is going back to the local groups and everyone involved with the show is giving up their time for free.”

In addition to amateur groups Local bands Watson & The Elements and the ever popular vintage group The Darling Dollies will be performing.

The event will be hosted by local lad Dan Ellis who has been involved in the performing arts since a young age and who brought the ever popular Jam Jar Cinema – the not for profit community cinema - in Whitley Bay.

He said: “I’ve made my living in the arts and I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t tread the boards in Whitley Bay when I was nine.

“This is a great initiative and it will be a fantastic show.

“It just shows that there is no one better to solve a local problem than local people. I hope to see you all there.”

The Show Must Go On takes place at the Plahouse on Saturday, April 11, at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now, priced at £12 and available direct from the Playhouse Box Office or online at