The perfect marriage
Over one hundred revellers and culture vultures descended on the Dorset village of Sixpenny Handley to celebrate a double wedding with a difference. After all, everyone loves a wedding!
The focus for the evening was the performance of Kali Theatre company’s ‘My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding’.
Set at the reception of newlywed characters Clare and Arjun, this fast moving and interactive comedy, packed with twists and turns, delighted the audience as they feasted on an authentic Indian banquet by Pure Punjabi.
Described by the creators as a fun and light hearted exploration of relationships across the divide of race, gender and location, the play is based on real life experiences of mixed marriages and rural weddings.
And this was not the only marriage of the night. The audience also celebrated the joining together of two Dorset institutions, Artsreach and Blanchards Bailey. For some this union may seem to make rather an odd couple, but to many it was the perfect match.
Artsreach is Dorset’s rural touring arts scheme, which aims to enrich the lives of people living in the country by providing access to high quality, professional performing arts in rural community venues. The evening performance of ‘My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding’ was part of its autumn season.
So why would we as a firm of solicitors choose to get involved with an arts organisation?
Sarah Heath, Principal, explained our motivations: “Our business is in a great position, as we are considered to be one of the most expert law firms in the UK and our clients have helped us grow and succeed year after year.
“We have a long history of ‘giving something back’ through our work in raising money for local charities like The Blandford Opportunity Group. However, this year we wanted to do something additional that was different.
“We looked to support an organisation that shares our values and that works to benefit the community at large. Artsreach does just that and we are pleased to confirm we have agreed to support their season and partner the organisation going forward.”
Kerry Bartlett, Co-Director at Artsreach, framed the importance of our support: “We work hard to bring the finest performances to the people of Dorset. Arts is a typically underfunded sector, so the support of Blanchards Bailey is extremely well received. It helps us take the arts to the community and increase our efforts with the confidence that we have a great local business on our side.
“Both of our organisations benefit from this arrangement, but the real benefactors are the people of Dorset who will have sustained access to quality arts.
“We hope our relationship will last a long time and will enable even more people to experience great performances like Kali Theatre company’s ‘My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding.”
To help the evening’s celebrations go off with a bang, the audience enjoyed drinks on the house, or rather on us, as our partners, the board of Artsreach and the performers from the show celebrated late into the night. Shri Patel, who played the groom, perhaps best summed up the evening when he said, “This really is the perfect marriage.”
To experience performances such as ‘My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding’ visit the Artsreach website to see their full season listings at www.artsreach.co.uk
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