Date: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Venue: Lyric Hammersmith
Over the last 10 years, the Daytrippers pantomime has become an annual fixture and a calendar highlight for special schools, families and support groups across London. Since 2007 we have been hosting private relaxed performances at the fully accessible Lyric Hammersmith, where children and young people with disabilities can be themselves and schools, support groups and families can spend quality time together getting into the Christmas spirit. As with all our events, the performance is provided entirely for free.
This year’s performance was family favourite ‘Jack and the Beanstalk,’ which featured magic beans, a lovable cow, an enormous beanstalk and a booming giant!
“It’s a very inclusive event where everyone is made to feel welcome. It’s the perfect way to start the countdown to Christmas!” – Parent
The performance was introduced brilliantly by our longstanding compere Robert Jaye, who warmed up the crowd and set the tone for the show. The world of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ was set in a semi-fictional austerity London, with sky-high rent costs and the pantomime villain assuming the role of a greedy landlord. The cast gave a vibrant and engaging performance and the pantomime itself was well written, drawing big laughs from the crowd over a wild two hours. Modern and classics pop tunes were humorously adapted to the story and delivered with gusto by the performers. Audience participation was very energetic throughout – a teacher was invited on stage to play a shrunken giant and a very excited young girl chopped down the enormous beanstalk to save the day! The performance was also captioned throughout for those with hearing impairments.
“The atmosphere was very pleasant, and my son could just be himself which was lovely. The performance was great and very funny” – Parent
The highlight for some groups came after the performance when there was an opportunity to meet the cast of the show. It was smiles and laughter all round as the actors posed for photos with the children and young people (who had bestowed upon them celebrity status after the knockout performance!)
Huge thanks as always to our brilliant volunteers Rebecca and Jerene and to the Lyric staff who all brought the Christmas cheer and ensured another smooth event.
“Having a relaxed accessible performance gave our students the opportunity to experience live theatre. What a wonderful fun, engaging and Christmassy occasion for all! Thank you for all the amazing activities that you have provided our students this year” – Teacher from Jack Tizard School
We would like to wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all those who have attended an event of ours or applied for funding through our day trip grants programme this year. Have a wonderful time with your loved ones during the holidays and let’s make 2018 our best year yet!
And finally, thank you to Global’s Make Some Noise for their contribution towards this event.
Photographs by Leila Talmadge and Tristram Kenton