You can’t say she doesn’t give it her all...
Sheffield theatre society member Kate Parkin is used to drama – but a rehearsal of her group’s latest production took an unexpectedly painful turn as she enthusiastically practised a dance routine.
The 35-year-old, from Totley, is a cast member in Sheffield’s STOS Theatre Company’s version of Our House, a musical based around the songs of pop band Madness, such as Baggy Trousers, My Girl and It Must Be Love.
However, while rehearsing a song at St James’s Church Hall, Woodhouse, she made a spectacular leap into the air, landing awkwardly on the floor.
Kate was rushed to hospital with suspected broken bones, while other cast members thought the injury would put paid to her planned appearance in the musical at the Lyceum Theatre in the city centre.
However, once at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, she was diagnosed with a badly sprained ankle – and now faces a race against time to recover ready for opening night on Tuesday.
Mary Newey, Kate’s mum and a fellow STOS member, said her daughter had ‘never missed a show’ since joining the group about four years ago.
She said: “I can’t see her missing this one, either, she’s a real trouper is our Kate.”
Kate, a married mother-of-three, works for a firm in Chesterfield which manufactures medical devices, and was practising an ensemble number called The Sun and the Rain when calamity struck.
Mary said: “She fell during one of the big dance routines.
“She took this massive leap into the air, like everybody had to, and landed on her ankle.”
Another actor – nurse Martin Scattergood, who runs the Peach Practice surgery in Greenhill – rushed to her aid, and recommended she attend the Hallamshire’s minor injuries unit.
Mary said: “An X-ray confirmed it was not broken, but was still very badly sprained, and certainly serious enough for her to worry that after six months of intensive rehearsal she may not be able to be in the show.”
However, Kate has vowed to attend every rehearsal, running through her 10 costume changes while laid up stageside with her leg bandaged up.
Mary said: “She’s doing the exercises the hospital gave her and taking the painkillers.
“Although she can hardly walk and certainly not dance, she will not give up.”
The STOS Theatre Company recently changed its name from Sheffield Teachers’ Operatic Society, and previous shows have included West Side Story and A Christmas Carol. Kate last performed at the Lyceum earlier this year as Miss Babs in Acorn Antiques.
n Our House runs from Tuesday until Saturday. For tickets, priced £11 to £22, call 0114 249 6000,