Theatre audience gives spare change

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Award-winning Sheffield Composer Matthew Bugg helped raise £1,526.46 towards the Women of Steel statue appeal when his production Miss Nightingale was held at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre.

The staff at the Lyceum helped with the collection shaking buckets as people left after the performance and audience members put their hands in their pockets and donated with amazing generosity.

The production was particularly fitting to the Women of Steel with Amber Topaz playing World War II icon Rosie the Riveter.

Matthew said: “Miss Nightingale is a story all about equality that takes place during WWII and it was fantastic to be able to use our Sheffield performances at the Lyceum to help raise money for such a worthwhile cause.

“The Women of Steel were a remarkable group of women who not only helped win the war for Britain and her Allies by keeping the factories open but also helped change social attitudes towards woman.

“We toured with the musical to 14 different cities up and down the country, but I have to say that Sheffield was the best audience of all. “I think that’s because Sheffielders really understand that equality matters.”