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Day Service delights audience at Christmas play

Panto 2017

Christmas has come to Coleshill thanks to the Day Service Strolling Players and their Christmas panto, ‘Alice in Some Land or Other’.

Each year, the staff and clients at St Catherine’s Day Service put on a Christmas panto for family, friends and other members of the Coleshill community. This year they outdid themselves, with two wonderful performances at Coleshill Town Hall.

As well as their usual performance for family, friends and local residents, which was held on Wednesday 6 December, they put on an additional show for schools. Three local schools, St Edward’s Catholic Primary School in Coleshill, St Edmund Campion Catholic School in Erdington, and St Peter’s Catholic School in Solihull, came along to enjoy the play.

/media/news/library/mad-hatter2.jpgStaff and clients looked resplendent in their bright costumes as they took to the stage. Clients were supported by staff to join in as they helped, or hindered, fiery tempered Alice as she tried to find her way home to Coleshill. Even Batman made an appearance in this unique take on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale.

The show was enjoyed by everyone who went and especially by the cast as they showed off their acting skills.

After Wednesday’s performance Day Service manager, Karen McPherson, held a raffle with help from Sarah from Painting the Rainbow Tai Chi, who holds accessible tai chi sessions for clients. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards the centre.

And after Thursday’s event, students stayed for lunch and a talk with Helen Anson, manager of St Catherine’s Bungalows, where many of the day service’s clients live. The talk offered a great opportunity for the students to ask questions and learn more about how the Day Service supports clients to take part in the kinds of activities the students enjoy themselves; like taking part in a Christmas play!

/media/news/library/batman.jpgStaff and clients worked hard for several months to get everything ready for the shows. Danny Hanlon, who is also a member of Coleshill Drama Group, wrote and directed the play as well as acting in it. Others built scenery, made costumes, donated raffle prizes, read lines at rehearsals and helped on the day by organising music and selling refreshments.

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to bring it all together and to all those who came along to the shows.

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