Manningtree Rotary in association with The Manifest Theatre are presenting a charity presentation BREATHE on Friday, September 28 at the Manifest Theatre, 2 Oxford Road, Manningtree CO11 1BP.
The folks in Manningtree Rotary are known for their activities and events in our local community, but Rotary’s work around the world is not so well known. The eradication of polio worldwide has been one of Rotary International’s goals for many years. With other partners such as the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the number of children succumbing to this terrible disease worldwide has dropped from 300,000 each year in the 1980s to just 15 this year. Today we are lucky that polio is no longer the big fear in was in the 1950s when the dreaded disease affected many, many families in Great Britain and across Europe.
BREATHE is an inspirational and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility, a love story about living every breath as though it’s your last. Adventurous and charismatic, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio while in Africa in 1958. Contrary to all advice, Robin’s wife Diana (Claire Foy) brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination transcends his disability. Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering, dazzling others with their humour, courage and lust for life. Against the odds, Robin’s illness gave him new purpose, fighting tirelessly for the rights of disabled people, and his pioneering work had a huge impact on mobility and access for the disabled.
The film company have waived their performance fees and the Manifest Theatre are providing their facilities free of charge to allow all proceeds of this charity event to go to the Rotary Foundation End Polio Now project.
Doors open at 7pm and tickets are £5 plus £2 Manifest Theatre membership. Tickets are only available in advance from Rotary Manningtree: 07746 858326 / [email protected].