Swing With a Difference for Cystic Fibrosis

  • By Natalie Bradshaw
  • 28 Mar, 2017

25th March saw Full Beam Productions raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
The Full Beam Team on stage: Natalie Bradshaw, Sally Neve, Claire Louise, Jim Pyle, Charlotte Hoy & Amy Leonard.
In June 2016, Full Beam Productions owners, Natalie Bradshaw & Jim Pyle, were introduced to Nicole Allen - a girl with so much energy, and so much enthusiasm for life, despite suffering from the illness cystic fibrosis.

Nicole travelled around all of the care home performances, and 14 consecutive showings of Miss V & The Beamers throughout Summer, with the company, and the creative team were quick to cast her as the lead role in the James Penguin: Christmas Impossible  pantomime that December too - there was nobody better for the tap dancing, Agent P role!

As Jim & Natalie sat down at the end of 2016, to discuss which charity should be chosen for fundraising the next year, it seemed like there was no other option as good as this one - raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust was the first, and final decision.

"Nicole was inspirational throughout the tour - she had completed a month away from home before coming to the final rehearsal, and hitting the road for 14 consecutive shows. She could have told us that it was too much, that she was tired - but she persevered until the very end, and continues to do so even now. She's a true member of the Full Beam Team, and we want to help her - and supporting this charity does exactly that."
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
Nicole Allen performs in Liquid Spirit
During 2017, Full Beam Productions are dedicated to raising as much money as possible for Cystic Fibrosis Trust. There will be four main shows over the year, plus many other smaller events, with proceeds going to the charity - and the fundraising efforts have kicked off this March, with Swing With a Difference!

The Full Beam Team got together for rehearsals in February. A new cast of dancers have joined the group for 2017 - Amy Leonard, Charlotte Hoy and Sally Neve complete the new line up, with Nicole & Natalie taking on dancing roles as well for the first show. Claire Louise is our new vocalist for 2017 - a friend of Jim, she has an amazing voice, and the pair have worked extremely hard to learn their lyrics for this show!
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Amy & Sally learn Puttin' On The Ritz
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
Jim & Claire rehearse their vocals
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
Natalie teaches choreography to Charlotte at Jevington Village Hall
The show was learnt by the girls in two sections - the first set of rehearsals covered the dances to all of the classic swing songs of Sinatra, Bublé, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. This version of the show, named Swing Into Spring, was to tour the care homes first - a selection of 12 different venues, who were all extremely excited for watching the show, singing along to the music, and dancing with the girls!
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
Amy starred in our first performance, at Adelaide Care Home, Bexleyheath
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
Jim sings along with a resident at the home
Many thanks to Hastings Court and The Laurels Nursing Home, for capturing these special moments and posting them on Facebook - we love to see videos of the residents enjoying their afternoon with us!
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
Rehearsals in our showgirl outfits
The second set of rehearsals trained the team for the main event - a large scale show, taking place on 25th March 2017, at Seaford Head School's Arundel Site. Full Beam Productions used this same venue for the pantomime at Christmas - a fantastic stage, with plenty of space both onstage and off, and managed by a brilliant caretaker, who we were fortunate to have on our side again for Swing With a Difference. We cannot thank Ian enough for all of his hard work and generosity with helping to set up for the show - nothing was too much to ask, and we really appreciate it.
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Selling tickets on the door - Amy and Natalie
With the stage set, and rehearsals and spacing done, doors opened at 6.40pm on the night. Natalie and Amy were on ticket duty, and a massive 103 people came to watch and support the show in total. It was an amazing turn out - Full Beam Productions have put on 3 major shows now, and each time, the numbers have simply gone up and up - we hope that it will continue this way, as word gets around about our shows, and the fantastic causes we are fundraising for.

The show began at 7pm, and it was brilliant! A mixture of swing, pop and jazz meant that there was something for everybody in the audience - and a finale filled with balloons made for a great time! The Beamer dancers had so much energy, and Jim and Claire had fantastic chemistry on stage, managing to keep the show flowing from start to finish, and getting the audience involved too.

Nicole shone in her solos, choreographed by herself, whilst a firm favourite with the audience was the duet of singing and dancing, in Purple Rain. Claire's rendition of At Last brought the house down, and the final Crazy Little Thing Called Love ended with a standing ovation from the crowd. 
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The show started with Let Me Entertain You - and the girls certainly did that!
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
Tapping at the ritz!
Amy and Sally wowed the audience with fast footwork during Puttin' On The Ritz, whilst Charlotte made for a brilliant Sunshine in Me & My Monkey. And who could forget the comedic moment, in which Jim appeared in his monkey suit?! All of these moments made us smile - and that's what we, at Full Beam Productions, love to do the most!
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
Charlotte Hoy had major attitude in Me & My Monkey
We would like to thank a few people for being involved in the show:

Dan, for doing our lighting, and being amazing at setting up and packing away.
Rubber Faced Media, for being a super stealthy videographer - we look forward to seeing the results.
Ben, for taking some brilliant photographs!
Lorna Allen, for doing an emotional, and relevant speech about Cystic Fibrosis at the end of the show.

And of course, a huge thank you to the audience, for putting money in the bucket, and supporting the show!
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Everybody that has supported - a big thank you!

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic condition, affecting more than 10,800 people in the UK alone. You are born with CF, and cannot catch it in later life, but one in 25 people carry the faulty gene which causes it. To have the condition, you need to inherit two faulty copies of these genes - one from each parent. 

Cystic Fibrosis affects the organs, particularly the lungs and digestive system, and each individual will battle their own range of symptoms, on a daily basis. The condition presents other complications too, including infertility, CF-related diabetes, and bone disease, to name a few.

With the danger of cross infection, there are no face to face support groups for Cystic Fibrosis, and strict segregation at CF clinics - which means that Beamer dancer Nicole, has never met any of her CF friends in person.

Research and development means that, since being first described in the 1930s, the understanding and treatment of Cystic Fibrosis has come a long way. More than half the people with the condition will now live past the age of 47, and it is predicted that babies born today will surpass that. Many sufferers, just like Nicole, hold down jobs, or are studying, and many now have families of their own - highlighting a brighter future for them all.

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust aims to lift all limits on those with Cystic Fibrosis, so that they can live a long and healthy life - and Nicole is a shining example of how that is possible.

For more information, visit the website here .
We hope you enjoy the rest of the photos, taken from the show - keep an eye out for the video, coming soon, and follow our Instagram to see some more shots from the evening!
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I Wanna Be Like You - monkeying around!
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
The girls in our feathers
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Having a quick drink - Well Did You Evah! went swimmingly!
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Our Miss V & The Beamers hand fans made an appearance too!
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
Nicole taps it out for Cystic Fibrosis
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Jim, Natalie & Amy during Me & My Monkey
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle...
Full Beam Productions for Cystic Fibrosis
Our stunning showgirls
The Full Beam Team 2017

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This is not a night to be missed, but tickets are limited - so make sure you visit the website to purchase tickets now!

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In June 2016, Full Beam Productions owners, Natalie Bradshaw & Jim Pyle, were introduced to Nicole Allen - a girl with so much energy, and so much enthusiasm for life, despite suffering from the illness cystic fibrosis.

Nicole travelled around all of the care home performances, and 14 consecutive showings of Miss V & The Beamers throughout Summer, with the company, and the creative team were quick to cast her as the lead role in the James Penguin: Christmas Impossible  pantomime that December too - there was nobody better for the tap dancing, Agent P role!

As Jim & Natalie sat down at the end of 2016, to discuss which charity should be chosen for fundraising the next year, it seemed like there was no other option as good as this one - raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust was the first, and final decision.

"Nicole was inspirational throughout the tour - she had completed a month away from home before coming to the final rehearsal, and hitting the road for 14 consecutive shows. She could have told us that it was too much, that she was tired - but she persevered until the very end, and continues to do so even now. She's a true member of the Full Beam Team, and we want to help her - and supporting this charity does exactly that."
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