15 August 2012
Panto season comes early at the Nottingham Children’s Hospital
Panto season has come early at the Nottingham Children's
Hospital as patients and their families were treated to an
interactive performance of Dick Whittington.
Summer can be a particularly gloomy time for children who have
to stay in hospital and the production has been specially created
to give poorly children the chance to boo and hiss at the evil King
Rat and cheer Dick Whittington along on his brave quest.
The pantomime has been staged exclusively for the Starlight
Children's Foundation by the interactive theatre group The Panto
Company and will visit 100 hospitals and hospices over the course
of an eight week tour.
Starlight aims to brighten the lives of seriously and terminally
ill children by granting them once-in-a-lifetime wishes and
providing entertainment for children in hospitals and hospices
throughout the UK.
Claire Hardy, Play Specialist at the Nottingham Children's
Hospital, said: "Every year we look forward to the arrival of the
Starlight panto and the entertainment and distraction it brings
"Play offers poorly children a way of escaping the pain and
anxiety that they might be feeling as a result of their illness and
this panto is always a great dose of fun for our young