Members of Norwich law firm Fosters join cast of Hostry Festival show

The Fosters recruits in office mode, from left: Rachel Chiarotti, Sophie Ali and Josie Quinn.  Photo: Bill Smith The Fosters recruits in office mode, from left: Rachel Chiarotti, Sophie Ali and Josie Quinn. Photo: Bill Smith

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
10:46 AM

A trio from a Norwich law firm are swapping their day jobs for a part in the headline show of this year’s Hostry Festival at Norwich Cathedral.

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The Fosters recruits in costume for their acting roles at the Hostry. From left: Josie Quinn, Rachel Chiarotti and Sophie Ali.  Photo: Bill SmithThe Fosters recruits in costume for their acting roles at the Hostry. From left: Josie Quinn, Rachel Chiarotti and Sophie Ali. Photo: Bill Smith

Fosters, in Bank Plain, is the main sponsor for this year’s festival, and three members of the firm with a passion for theatre are part of the cast of Hamlet: The Undiscovered Country.

They are 25-year-old associate legal executive Josie Quinn, 27-year-old trainee solicitor Rachel Chiarotti, and 27-year-old trainee solicitor Sophie Ali.

All three have walk-on and supporting roles in the show, including the final scene, and this will see them swap their office attire for the clothes of attendants and travellers.

Sophie said: “I thought it would be great fun to take part. I was involved in musicals and productions at school and did lots of stuff with youth organisations. It is really good fun taking part in something where there are lots of people all working together.

“I think the concept of the play is really interesting, following on from the story of Hamlet. I am really interested and intrigued to see how it all works out.”

Josie, who has also done a lot of theatre in the past, said she was looking forward to the chance be on stage once more, and Rachel, who has performed with the Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society, said she was excited to be involved in the festival.

Iain McClay, one of the partners at Fosters and joint head of the family department, is the driving force behind the law firm’s sponsorship of the Hostry Festival.

He said: “It is great to be a part of this fantastic project where so many people are giving up their time to create collectively this wonderful festival.”

Fosters was also the principal sponsor of the 2011 Hostry Festival when about 30 people from the firm helped out with the front of house. This year some of the Fosters team will once again take on front of house duties.

The Hostry Festival runs until Sunday. Hamlet: The Undiscovered Country is being performed at the Hostry from until Saturday.

For more information and to find out about tickets visit www.hostryfestival.org

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