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Canterbury Round Table hosts historic play in tribute to former Chairman

29 January 2018

A special performance of the acclaimed 2-man play, This Turbulent Priest, will be performed in the historic building of Eastbridge Hospital on 31 January to raise funds for PCRF.

The event has been organised by Canterbury Round Table 234 in tribute to former Chairman, Graham Cryer, who died in 2016.

Since his death from pancreatic cancer, aged just 64, many friends and family members have fundraised for PCRF in Graham’s memory, raising many thousands of pounds for research into the disease.

Michael Wilshaw, himself a former Chairman of the Canterbury Round Table said: “Graham was a much loved and respected member of the Canterbury Round Table and a great friend and mentor to me personally. We’re proud to be adding to the fundraising we’ve done in his memory and delighted with the support we’ve received, with tickets selling out within weeks.”

This Turbulent Priest is performed by Paul Kavanagh and Robert McCrea, founders of Bad Husky Productions, who commissioned the play in 1996. It tells the dramatic story of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and right hand man to Henry II before he was brutally murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. The play depicts the demise of their once strong friendship and the King’s eventual repentance for Becket’s murder, after his famous outburst “Will no-one rid me of this turbulent priest?”

The venue at the Eastbridge Hospital is especially fitting. Its full name is The Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr, Eastbridge, and was founded in the 12th Century by Thomas’s nephew, Ralph, to provide hospitality to pilgrims visiting Thomas Becket’s tomb. Its patron is the current Archbishop of Canterbury.

In a wonderfully generous gesture, both the venue and the production company, Bad Husky, are donating their services for free.

“This is going to be a really special occasion in a unique and atmospheric venue, says Michael.  “We’ve also been overwhelmed by the generosity of those involved – Bad Husky, the Eastbridge Hospital, and local businesses who’ve also sponsored the event. We hope to raise around £1,000 for PCRF.”

Maggie Blanks, PCRF's CEO said: “We’re hugely grateful to the Canterbury Round Table and all those involved whose hard work and generosity is making this special performance happen. I have no doubt that this is going to be an evening to remember.”

Paul Kavanagh and Robert McCrea, Bad Husky Productions

Photo courtesy of Francis McCrae

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