Newham

Pantomime fun is right neighbourly

19 December 2017 in Community neighbourhoods and Older people
Older residents from across the borough enjoyed a laugh-a-minute performance of the pantomime Rapunzel at Theatre Royal Stratford East courtesy of Newham Council.​
The annual Christmas treat was organised by the council’s eight community neighbourhood teams. More than 200 people and their carers enjoyed the show packed with original music, audience participation and plenty of comedy.

Newham’s community neighbourhood teams work throughout the year to bring residents together, helping them to engage with others and make new friends.

The residents were welcomed to the theatre by Deputy Mayor (Statutory) Councillor Ken Clark and Councillor Forhad Hussain, Deputy Cabinet member for community neigbourhoods.

Councillor Clark said: “Events like these are designed to give some of our older residents an enjoyable afternoon out while helping them meet new people and forge new friendships.”

The residents attended an afternoon matinee performance of the panto and sat in the stalls of the theatre alongside children from local schools.

Added Clark: “The mix of older and younger residents made it extra special and everybody had a great time joining in with the audience participation moments.”

Rapunzel will run at the theatre in Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, until Saturday 13 January.