Pantomime to bring festive magic to young patients

Posted: December 5, 2014

Starlight Christmas Pantomime to visit on 11 December

2014Panto400Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year for children to be in hospitals and hospices so this festive season, Starlight Children's Foundation will bring a big dose of fun and laughter to poorly children at Great Western Hospital when its amazing pop-up pantomime pays a visit on Thursday 11 December.

Starlight is a national charity that grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK.

During an eight week tour, the Starlight Christmas Pantomime is visiting children's wards throughout the country.

This year's pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and it has been produced exclusively for Starlight by The Panto Company.

Our photo shows the cast: left to right: Sarah the Cook (Nicole Newman), Robbie (Jordie Smith), Princess Moonflower (Jessica Long) and Captain Hogwash (Ryan Vernel).

Fully interactive, this brand new adaptation of the classic children's story is full of fun and the young patients will get to laugh, cheer and sing-along as the four actors perform for them, their families and the staff. 

Every year, Starlight provides entertainment and distraction to over half a million poorly children and the Starlight Christmas Pantomime will give thousands of poorly children the chance to shout "He's behind you!" from the safety of the hospital ward. 

Claire Parks, Senior Play Specialist at Great Western Hospitalsaid,"We love the activities, fun and distraction Starlight Children's Foundation brings to hospitals and we can't wait for the arrival of Robinson Crusoe.

We know that play can significantly help to improve a child's hospital experience and Starlight's Christmas Pantomime gives our young patients a chance to forget their illness for a short while and simply have some fun."

Sue Wildman, Head of Children's Services at Starlight Children's Foundation, said,"All of Starlight's activities are aimed at distracting children from the pain and anxiety that they might be feeling as a result of their illness and Starlight's Christmas Pantomime is always hugely popular with hospitals and hospices alike.

We hope that this performance of Robinson Crusoe will be just what the doctor ordered!"

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Starlight provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK and grants wishes for children with serious and terminal illnesses. For more information please see the Starlight website (

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