The names of Cameron Mackintosh and Trevor Nunn, great producers and directors, trip off the tongue of even those without too much knowledge of the British theatrical scene.

The name of Michael Norris, however, would have even the most ardent theatregoer scratching their heads. Not that Michael himself minds too much as he's been far happier playing a backseat role away from the limelight.

Although his "day job" is trust fundraising officer for St Basils, the renowned Birmingham-based organisation that works with young homeless people, Michael has carved an important little niche for himself as the equivalent of Cameron and Trevor for the charity.

He has successfully overseen a series of charity concerts for St Basils although the next - at the Alexandra Theatre on Sunday, September 11 - will mark the end of an era.

After producing Dominic Kirwan's charity concert, Michael will step down from his unofficial career as impressario.

Sunday's concert, which also features Radio WM's own Bob Brolly and his band and the inimitable comedy of Don Maclean along with the charismatic Irish singer, marks the final major event before Michael retires at the end of the year.

His back stage career began in 1998 when he assisted with St Basils Silver Jubilee show. Since then he has worked with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, singer Ann Breen and a list of Midland favourites which include Malcolm Stent, Carl Chinn, Malcolm Boyden, Nick Owen and Ed Doolan.

The September production is the third starring Dominic Kirwan, who feels a real connection with St Basils and has visited their projects a number of times.

If all goes well the total raised for the charity by Dominic's shows alone should reach #30,000 after the curtain falls on Sunday night.

This has a huge impact on St Basils work, which benefits more than 3,500 young people every year.

" Dominic's shows are always value for money," explained Michael, "we can promise you over three hours of unrivalled music and comedy made even more enjoyable by knowing that you are helping one of Birmingham's best loved charities."

Blair Kesseler, head of fundraising at St Basils, paid tribute to Michael and added: "Steady, reliable and a stickler for detail, he ensures that everything will be alright on the night.

"Although this show will be his last, I hope I will be able to pick his brains for future productions."

* Tickets are still available for the show and can be obtained from the Alexandra Theatre Booking line, which can be found on 0870 607 7533.

They cost between #10 and #16.50.