After having to cancel in 2020 due to the pandemic, Buckinghamshire & Hertfordshire charity, the Pepper Foundation, returns in October 2021 with its renowned rock concert, The Pepper Show!
Now in its 32nd year (or what would have been its 33rd year), the Pepper Show is a Herts musical institution, with well over a thousand people attending the show every year.
As usual, the show returns to The David Evans Pendley Court Theatre Tring, Herts performing 5 evening shows and a matinee, from Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 October 2021.
This year’s show is unlike any in the show’s history. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the cast, crew, and management have all had to work separately for most of the year’s show preparation. Under any normal year, the band and cast would have already been rehearsing solidly since April. However, in order to remain safe and follow Covid guidelines, the cast has done most of their preparation without any formal rehearsals, only coming together now, six weeks before curtain up!
It is a testament to the level of dedication and musicianship shown by the band and cast (all of whom volunteer their time to the show) that the show can still be pulled together under such tough circumstances.
But no matter what the turn of events, there is one absolute certainty – a ticket admits people to a night of amazing live music, performed to the high standard you’ve come to expect from the Pepper Show. This year the setlist contains some absolutely huge hit songs from the last six decades.
As the saying goes, ‘the show must go on’!
Tickets are available from the Pepper Show Box Office.
As usual, all the funds raised from The Pepper Show help to fund the Children’s Hospice at Home Team, delivered by Rennie Grove Hospice Care, providing nursing care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in Herts & Bucks.
The Children’s Hospice at Home service has been even more vital during the last 18 months. Despite the Covid-19 crisis, the children’s hospice-at-home nurses have continued their vital work; in the last year, they provided 3,088 hours of clinical care to 67 local families, making 738 visits and taking 3,607 phone calls from families in need. Vulnerable children have been able to access the specialist care they need in the safety and comfort of their own homes – which has been crucial for those shielding during the pandemic and has helped to relieve the pressure on the NHS.
This service is free of charge to the families using it, and is funded entirely by donations and events such as the Pepper Show.
The nurses have been real heroes during the pandemic, providing a lifeline to families across our area. When parents are facing the unthinkable reality that their child has a life-limiting or life-threatening illness, the nurses are there – no matter what time, day or night – to provide the care, emotional support and advice they need. The service also supports the whole family, so that family time can be about being together, having fun and smiling – and nothing to do with hospitals.