The Dundee Rep is strapping on its sgian-dubh and sporran for a special ceilidh in aid of a “hugely influential” former worker undergoing cancer treatment abroad.
Staff at the city theatre have organised the family ceilidh this Sunday at the Bonar Hall from 7pm until 11pm, in aid of former associate director Sarah Brigham.
Sarah, who spent four years at the Rep, has adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of cancer. It has formed a 6cm tumour on her windpipe, which is inoperable and resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
A group of friends has formed a charitable effort called BrigAid to help her raise the £60,000 she needs for carbon ion therapy, an experimental treatment that could subdue the tumour.
As it is unavailable on the NHS, Sarah has to travel to Germany for the treatment and will likely need to make the journey more than once.
Gemma Nicol, head of the Rep’s community outreach programme, Rep Engage, said: “We just want to raise as much as possible because Sarah will need to return and for that we need to raise another £60,000.
“She loved working here, she loved Dundee, and in her time here she transformed what engagement meant to the Dundee Rep. She even gave me my first placement and I’ve been here ever since, for the last eight years.
“She very much made her mark, the impact she left was massive – she’s a huge inspiration.”
The BrigAid family ceilidh will feature live music from the Cairnie Trio, stalls and a raffle with prizes from the Rep, Fraser’s Fruit & Veg, Spex Pistols, the Green Room, HMS Unicorn and Leisure & Culture Dundee.
Tickets are £15 for adults and £8 for kids under 14 in advance or £20 and £10 on the door. Advance tickets can be bought from dundeerep.co.uk or on 01382 223530.