Theatrical friends of Dan Barlow, who died in a car crash in February, are staging a play to raise charity cash in his honour.

Laura Genders, 31, is leading a production of Up ‘n’ Under by John Godber at St Michael’s Church in the town centre in January or February.

The aim is to raise funds for ECHOES, the bereaved children’s service at East Cheshire Hospice, a charity nominated by Dan Barlow’s family.

Dan, of Primrose Avenue, Macclesfield, died when his car collided with another on Farm Lane, Lower Withington, as he drove to his nursing job at Leighton Hospital.

Laura was one of his oldest friends and is roping in other friends of Dan who studied drama with him at school.

She said: “We knew each other through school and performed many times in drama productions. Dan was a great performer and friend.

“Since his death his friends have completed a number of events and challenges to support the charity nominated by Dan’s family. I wanted to do something which would keep that momentum going and chose something that Dan would have liked as we studied Godber’s plays at school.”

Up ‘n’ Under is a comedy about an inept pub team in a rugby league competition whose coach is a woman.

To complete the cast Laura needs two males who can play someone around 21 and 30-years-old. Email to get involved.