Panto just what doctor ordered
PANTO performers surprised children in a performance of Dick Whittington at Torbay Hospital's Louisa Cary Ward.
Actors for the Starlight Children's Foundation danced, dazzled and sang for the young patients, their families and the staff.
The actors have been staging performances of Dick Whittington in children's wards throughout the UK this summer.
Natalie Gilardoni, play specialist at Torbay Hospital, said: "Every year we look forward to the arrival of Starlight's panto and the entertainment and distraction it brings.
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"Play offers poorly children a way of escaping the pain and anxiety they might be feeling as a result of their illness, and Starlight's panto is always a great dose of fun for our young patients."
The pantomime has been staged by the interactive theatre group The Panto Company and is visiting 100 hospitals and hospices during an eight-week tour.
Claire Farr, who plays Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington, said, "We hope the panto gives every child in hospital something exciting to look forward to and it helps to take their minds off their illness."