02/08/11 – Although the summer holidays have arrived, there are many children who will not be packing their bags for a family summer trip this year. For children that are ill in hospital, the summer can be a particularly gloomy time and, to bring some happiness to these children and their families, Starlight will be staging performances of Aladdin in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
Created exclusively for Starlight by interactive theatre group The Panto Company, sick children and their families will be able to enjoy a wonderful performance this summer from the safety of the hospital ward. Marvelling at the wonder of the genie’s lamp and admiring the beauty of Princess Jasmine, young patients across the country will be transported to Aladdin’s magical world.
Starlight brightens the lives of over half a million sick children in the UK each year and Summer is a particularly busy time for the charity as it brings entertainment and distraction to children that are stuck in hospital when their friends are enjoying the fun and freedom of the holidays. The pantomime tour will run for seven weeks and thousands of sick children will get the chance to watch the pantomime this year.
One play specialist from a leading children’s hospital (Denise Benson, Manager of Play Services, The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children) said of last year’s pantomime: “We had the most memorable morning, with great fun and laughter, and I cannot believe how adaptable the panto team was. Our weird shaped room, beds, machines and wheel chairs, which all severely restricted their space, did nothing to phase or distract them from giving the most excellent performance. Our thanks to them and to Starlight. It was most appreciated.”
Contact: Henny Breakwell
Tel: 020 7262 2881 #231
Starlight grants a once-in-a-lifetime wish for seriously and terminally ill children, restoring the magic and fun of childhood and giving the whole family happy memories to share, whatever the future holds.
Starlight also creates entertainment in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK. Sick children go to Starlight parties, laugh their way through pantomimes, go out on Starlight Escapes, play games and watch films on the Starlight Fun Centre, and enjoy the toys and puzzles of the Starlight Distraction Box. Happy children respond better to treatment and Starlight helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.
You can make a donation online or by calling us on 020 7262 2881. For every £1 you donate, Starlight can assure you that 91p goes towards helping very ill children. To refer a child for a wish, simply complete our wish referral form.