A SWINDON theatre company has raised £1,500 from its summer production.

R And J Productions, run by two of Swindon’s theatrical leading lights, Ray Dance and Judith Sharp, staged the colourful musical Fiddler On The Roof, the show based on the hardships endured by Russian Jews who were forced from their homes.

It was a particularly appropriate musical resonating with many issues in the world today, which is why the couple picked The Harbour Project to benefit from the show.

The Harbour Project offers aid to those who have risked their lives, families and homes fleeing war and persecution.

The charity provides friendship and hope for a future and has been running since the Kosovo crisis in 2000.

The project aims to give every individual who seeks asylum in the Swindon area a fair opportunity to gain refugee status and become part of the community.

Ray said: “The Harbour Project seems to be a very good charity to support.’’

Fiddler On The Roof was performed at the Arts Centre in July. Russell Langdown was the director and Sandra Gilbert assistant director, with music from Sheila Harrod and Matthew Taylor.

The young actors came from the Gemma Short School of Dance and Theatre Arts.

For details of the Harbour Project, visit www.harbourproject.org.uk.