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RuTC Alumnus Composes Musical to Highlight Eating Disorders

Thursday 27 April 2017

Following a 13-year battle with anorexia, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) alumnus member Charley Williams used her experiences to create a musical theatre production.

The inspiration for the musical, When Strawberries Are Not Enough, came from the many songs that Charley wrote as a way of therapy throughout her illness. After receiving praise and advice from professionals, she turned her lyrics into a narrative which is being performed at Hampton Hill Theatre at the end of April.

The musical, which follows a young girl’s journey through the illness, is loosely based on Charley’s story with an added fictional plot. Charley explains that she wants the audience to experience a “rollercoaster of emotions” but most importantly she wants “anyone who is suffering, or anyone who knows someone who is suffering with anorexia, to come away from the production with a feeling of strength and hope”.

Charley feels that the production is the perfect way to get her message across. She comments,“seeing everyone involved in the production and watching the musical come together has built my confidence and helped me to overcome low self-esteem and anxiety”.

The musical is being performed at Hampton Hill Theatre every night until 29th April. To purchase tickets, visit or call 07957368644

Read a review of the musical. 

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