Talking Teacup production goes under cover

Princess Ariel and Rapunzal marked the first official used the new pop out cover in Fort William’s Cameron Square when they made a charity collection for The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

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A Fort William-based events company became the first to perform under the new pop-out canopy in Cameron Square, raising money for a worthy charity in the process.

Talking Teacup Events, founded by local performer Ryan Laskey in 2019, brought fairytale princesses Ariel and Rupunzel to life on Friday afternoon, with the proceeds from donations going to the Royal Bromton and Harefield Hospital Patiend Fund.

Ryan told us: ‘It was great to be the first to perform under the new canopy, it gives performers a chance to show off their talents in any weather which I think is fantastic given the local climate.’

Speaking on behalf of Fort William Marina and Shoreline Community Interest Company, company secretary Sarah Kennedy added: ‘We were delighted to receive the enquiry from Ryan at Talking Teacup Events asking if he could use the canopy to carry out an event in Cameron Square.

‘This is the whole reason we persevered and overcame a number of challenges to secure the planning and funding to install this extractable canopy.

‘It is proof that this facility has been sorely needed in the town to make the public entertainment space in Fort William much more useable.

‘To use Cameron Square please book it through The Highland Council and  email us on info@fwmsc.co.uk to book the canopy.  We hope that this is the first of many uses of the canopy and the square to bring more entertainment and activities into our wee town.’

Not only did Friday’s performance entertain but Ryan and his company helped a very worthwhile cause in the process.

The RBH Patients Fund helps to buy things like iPads and games consoles and TVs for patients awaiting heart and lung transplants in order to make their day slightly more normal during their long stay in the hospital.

Ryan added: ‘We chose the Patient Fund because the mother of Jemma Ewing, who was playing the Little Mermaid, is currently waiting for a second double lung transplant and has been in the hospital since June.’

Ryan had hoped to produce various events around Lochaber since launching Talking Teacups but with Covid-19 that hasn’t been possible.

‘I reached out to Jemma to arrange fundraising with the princess costumes since they weren’t getting much use,’ he added.

‘Despite the pandemic we are available for socially distanced videos and personalised messages.’

Visit the Talking Teacup Events Facebook page or go to www.talkingteacupevents.co.uk to find out more.