AN arts venue is preparing to stage a one-off performance in aid of a charity dedicated to helping find a cure for a genetic disorder.

The Headgate Theatre, in Colchester, will play host to The Letter of Last Resort, a one-act drama by Scottish playwriter David Grieg.

The gripping and thought-provoking play skilfully unpacks the debate around nuclear weapons and the complex power they hold.

It focuses on a newly appointed Prime Minister who struggles with drafting potential orders for the commanders of submarines in the event of nuclear attack on the UK.

The thrilling show will be performed by Lisa Day and Robert Gordon Clark who previously created the piece at the Judi Dench Studio and the Jermyn St Theatre.

The production is being held in aid of Reverse Rett, a charity founded in 2009 to fund research into a cure for Rett Syndrome.

The genetic disorder affects girls' development causing them to lose all motor control and develop symptoms of Parkinson’s, epilepsy, autism and cerebral palsy.

The Letter of Last Resort will take place from 5pm on October 17 at the Headgate Theatre in Chapel Street North.

Tickets cost £20, which includes a variety of drinks and nibbles, with all proceeds being donated to the Reverse Rett charity.

To purchase a ticket or to find out more information about the show visit or call the box office on 01206 36600.