A DRAMA club had reason to celebrate after receiving funds from two trusts for its latest production.

Sideways, in Windsor, has received £500 from the Royal Albert Institute Trust and £1,000 from the Prince Phillip Trust Fund, towards its play The Hourglass.

The donations will be used for the set, props, costumes, printing, technical support and venue hire for rehearsals and performances. It will also give the children, aged between five and 15 years old, an opportunity to create a professional looking piece while working in a well-equipped theatre.

Sideways’ classes actively encourage young people to express themselves and to be creative. They are designed to build confidence and self-esteem through the use of drama.

Janine Wetherall, founder of the club, said: “I began Sideways after many years of aspiring to merge my love of working with children and young people with my passion for theatre, and Sideways has grown tremendously in popularity in its two years of being in business.

“My hope for the production is that it will promote and display the numerous benefits of drama and the positive impact it has on young people.” The play will be staged in the auditorium at The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture in Windsor in February 2015.

It centres around a girl in foster care and how she deals with adjusting to a new home.

She takes refuge in the attic and buries herself in books.

It is up there that she discovers a magical object that enables her to meet characters she reads about, including soldier Jack, during a scene that pays tribute to this year’s centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The production, written and directed by Mrs Wetherall, will be shown on two evenings with 159 tickets available for each performance.

For more information about Sideways, visit www.sideways-drama.com