Thanks to an opera loving friend who noticed in the local paper a plea for a donkey to take part in Bizet's Carmen at the Ipswich Regent Theatre, Area Welfare Officer Sue Field felt Charlie would love the chance to shine.
Charlie is a very special donkey who doesn't mind going out on his own and takes everything in his stride. His big night arrived and a short rehearsal prepared them both. Everybody was stunned at how good Charlie was! Sue was given a peasant's costume to wear and a basket of plastic flowers to hold whilst she walked round the stage. Charlie then had to stand front of stage during the soldiers' song. Sadly Charlie's only fault is that everything has to go in his mouth and to Sue's horror he grabbed a flower and proceeded to munch away. Short of an all in wrestling match which may have disrupted the entire scene, there is usually no way you can get anything out of Charlie's mouth. So Sue decided to leave him to it and watched the flower disappear followed by the very long stem. The flower appeared again 36 hours later!
Charlie did however redeem himself by standing in the foyer during intervals where he was swamped by an adoring public, all asking about the flower! Sue's friend, Naomi, was collecting donations for The Donkey Sanctuary and Charlie raised nearly £320 on his stage debut night!