Local Optician Gets Starry Eyed
Friday, 17 June 2011
GOOLE resident Rob Winlow is swapping optic nerves for nerves of steel when he takes to the stage to star in his own screen play.
Hoping not to break a leg, Rob has been involved in opera dramatics for a number of years and is excited about debuting his latest musical production to theatre goers at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York this July.
Opening on 28th July for a two night run, Armada tells the story of the Spanish invasion in 1588 and follows the fate of a country girl, Sarah, who is brought to the attention of Queen Elizabeth I by her astrologer, Dr. John Dee. The young heroine finds herself involved in the conflict between England and Spain and with her supernatural talents assists the English fleet whilst finding herself caught up in a flourishing romance.
'It's great to focus my attentions on something completely different from my day job in the evenings and on weekends', says Rob Winlow, store director of Specsavers in Goole.
'Inspiration for the musical came from reading through my son's school project about Armada. Over the next two years, the music of Armada began to evolve and a rehearsed reading and sing through of the script and score was premiered in York in November last year. We made some adjustments to the plot and developments of some of the lead characters and now we're all really excited about bringing the musical to the stage - we hope everyone enjoys it as much as we've enjoyed bringing the story to life.'
Tickets are only £10 and on sale now from York Theatre Royal Box Office on 01904 623568 or online http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/.
Specsavers notes to editors
- Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
- The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
- Specsavers has nearly 1,500 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
- Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009/10
- Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners
- Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
- Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader's Digest in 2009
- More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
- Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offers a hearing service from more than 400 locations
- Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. During its three-year support for Diabetes UK it raised more than £250,000 to fund various projects
- Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas, for use in developing countries. Specsavers stores across Britain raised more than £300,000 in 2009 to fund a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in Zambia, supported by Vision Aid Overseas. Stores will raise an additional £300,000 to continue the project.
- Raised more than £300,000 in 2009 to fund a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in Zambia, supported by Vision Aid Overseas. Stores will raise an additional £300,000 to continue the project.