THE show must go on for brave performer Sarah Starbuck, who despite being diagnosed with an incurable illness last February, will take to the stage next month in a charity show.
Sarah was diagnosed with endometriosis which affects approximately two million women in the UK, in which cells, like the ones in the lining of the womb, are found elsewhere in the body. Treatments aim to reduce the severity of symptoms, to improve quality of life.
The diagnosis came as a terrible shock: “I was devastated that this condition may affect my life so much that I may not be able to commit to do musical theatre again. My life has been dedicated to musical theatre, I’ve trained in singing and dancing since I was three years old.”
Sarah has received healthcare which has allowed her to continue working as a director, choreographer and performer. “I have had the most wonderful treatment from Mr Mann and the Endometriosis Clinic at the Priory Hospital. It is allowing me to have a life again.”
With the help of ex-St Martin’s School pupil Lauren Morris, Sarah is organising ‘YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT - a night of musical theatre’ at St Martin’s School, in aid of Endometriosis UK and will be going into St Martin’s School to discuss her condition with the girls before the show.
Commenting on the event, a spokesperson for Endometriosis UK said: “The Musical Theatre Concert is a fantastic and innovative way to raise awareness of endometriosis and money to help improve the lives of people affected by the devastating condition. Endometriosis UK wholeheartedly supports this event! Please come along and help us make a better life for women with endometriosis.”
The choir from St Martin’s School will be joining a talented cast performing solos, duets and group pieces from musicals throughout the ages on Saturday October 10.
For more information, call 07912521484 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets cost £6.50 for adult and £5 for children.