Isaac set to shine bright for Footlights’ 20th birthday gig

Isaac Atyeo
Isaac Atyeo

AN inspirational youngster who suffers with a string of health problems is set to be the star of the show at a theatre group’s 20th anniversary production.

Little Isaac Atyeo, who suffers with severe allergies to animal fur and must take 18 different tablets a day, is set to perform in Cirque Du Footlights, at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, on Thursday and Friday night.

The nine-year-old youngster will be taking part in the show with around 35 other Hartlepool youngster of all abilities and backgrounds, aged between five and 18-years-old.

And the performance is set to be an extra special one because it is to celebrate 20 years since the Hartlepool Footlight Theatre was founded by three town students, Paul Thompson, Dave Carless and Andy Oliver.

The trio were just sixth formers when they set up the group for performance-loving youngsters like Isaac, but their group is still going strong two decades on.

Footlights chairman Paul cannot wait to see his budding actors and actresses perform for the crowd.

He said: “We’re all really exited to be holding the 20th anniversary production this week, it’s very exciting. To keep in with the circus theme of the show we’ve added in quite a lot of acrobatics, and our very own little celebrity, Isaac Atyeo, is going to be the ring master. He’s so sharp and funny that he’s had us laughing our heads off in rehearsals. People will really, enjoy it.”

He added: “It’s such a special show with it being to mark 20 years since we started out, it’s quite remarkable.”

It will also be the final production for member Terri Ryan, 25, who has been part of Footlights for about 16 years, before she sets of on a new path as a teacher in Newcastle.

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7pm, cost £8, or £7 for concessions. Buy from Hartlepool Art Gallery in Church Square, or ring (01429) 890000.