Crowds packed into the Priestley Centre for a rousing fundraising show put together in a matter of days to help the theatre survive.

The show, called Saturday Spectacular, featured music, drama, comedy and dance performed by members of the Little Germany theatre, which must raise £10,000 by the end of October to avoid voluntary liquidation.

Although not a sell-out, the show attracted crowds of people eager to show their support for the Priestley. Theatre director Christiaan Hohenzollern, who danced in the show, said: "I am delighted to see so many people here. Everyone has worked so hard to put this show together. It wouldn't be going ahead at all if it wasn't for the children of the Priestley - it was their idea and they organised a lot of it themselves. Some of the dancers only had a few hours to rehearse their routines."

The show included the debut live performance of a band hoping to be Britain's entry for next year's Eurovision Song Contest. Skin Deep, a Leeds-based band, performed their song Every Man, Every Woman, a rousing anthem which was a big hit with the audience.

Other singing acts included Phil Cole and Brian Parsons - both fantastic, powerful voices - and Glen Jubb and Josie Ormeston, who gave stirring performances.

The show featured a variety of dance, from Balbir Singh's haunting Indian dance to impressive tap and modern numbers from members of the Priestley's dance school.

There were captivating solo performances from Royal Ballet-trained Miranda Wells and Christiaan - who danced beautifully despite having six stitches in his foot following a motorbike accident last week.

The Priestley's drama talent was showcased in a funny and poignant sketch called Life Without The Priestley, written and performed by a group of youngsters. Set in a psychiatrist's group session, it showed the effects of the theatre's closure on its young performers.

James McLean's wonderful rendition of Roald Dahl's Cinderella and the hilarious Yorkshire Bible Story showed he is a big talent to watch out for, and Roger Perry did a stirring performance of the funeral eulogy from Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Saturday Spectacular was a fantastic showcase of the varied talents at the Priestley and a poignant reminder of what Bradford will miss if this little theatre is forced to close.