Hi My name is Alan Gregory, I'm a friend of Jill's and I am the composer/lyricist/producer of World's First Community Musical "Beyond Wigan Pier - The Musical" which had its premiere on Friday 27th April 2018. Lucy was the principle female lead in that show, take a look at her in action during our dress rehearsal:-
It seems almost incongruous, that in the second decade of the 21st century any young, gifted and talented person should still be in the same position I was in in 1978, unable to achieve their artisitc dream, because their family could not afford it!!
With all the opportunities seemingly now open, to them in Higher Education; albeit at the cost of student loans, rightly or wrongly; there can be fewer barriers to working class children, achieving their artistic ambitions, than those I faced nearly 40 years ago..... can’t there?
That it would seem rather depends on what you want to be and where you want to go to study it .
In the picture on the left is Lucy Eccles, a dedicated, devoted and talented aspiring dancer who has been training 5 days a week, under her own discipline, since the age of 5, and at the sole expense of her mother Jill, who is pictured on the left. She has successfully applied to go to LIPA, an outstanding Performing Arts College in Liverpool, which will give her not only, exceptional further training, but also the best possible opportunity for employment as a professional dancer, in the particular field she wishes to specialise in.It could be argued, that the very best colleges, offering the very best opportunities for future employment, are still in London, by virtue of their proximity to The West End; but for most people in Lucy’s family’s income bracket, the cost of living in the Capital, puts it way beyond their reach....Unfortunately, student loans/grants... call them what you will... are not available for this college, as they would be for a similar, yet inferior course, (if it even exists!) for Lucy’s particular needs, at a standard University.
Why is that?
A young person dedicated to a profession, for which she has been training, voluntarily, literally, for the whole of her life, is surely more likely to “stick at it!” and repay the cost of her particular perfection, isn’t she?
Lucy is only one of hundreds if not thousands of youngsters whose families are quite a long way above the poverty line, but fall short of being able to self-fund so expensive a professional training programme, without any help.
If you can help Lucy achieve her goal, please donate anything you can to ensure she attains her dream, Check out our rewards in gratitude for your donations, but the biggest reward must be knowing you helped, a young girl achieve her goal..........................................