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Panto stars meet service users at Headway Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 January 2018

Lana Walker (left) talking to Audrey Binnington at the Headway charity in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Lana Walker (left) talking to Audrey Binnington at the Headway charity in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Cast members from the New Wolsey Theatre’s production of rock n roll pantomime, Red Riding Hood, went to visit service users at Headway Suffolk. Oh yes they did!

Pantomime Prince Max Runham with Irene Gibbs from the Headway charity. Picture: GREGG BROWN Pantomime Prince Max Runham with Irene Gibbs from the Headway charity. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Cast members from the New Wolsey Theatre’s production of rock n roll pantomime, Red Riding Hood, went to visit service users at Headway Suffolk. Oh yes they did!

Headway, in West Road, Ipwich is a registered charity that supports people with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions.

Yesterday morning, (TUES JAN 9) they were able to meet Lana Walker, Elizabeth Rowe, Isobel Bates and Max Runham, or, as you might know them, Prince Florizel, Bo Peep, Little Miss Moffatt and the fairy, Cherry Blossom.

All four are starring members of the sell-out show at the New Wolsey Theatre.

New Wolsey pantomime cast visit Headway charity in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN New Wolsey pantomime cast visit Headway charity in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Organiser and marketing manager at the Civic Drive theatre, Michelle, said: “It was such a wonderful day.

“Every year we get the cast out to visit a local charity because it is so important that everyone has access to the theatre.

“It is a great way for the wonderful service users at Headway to be able to meet the actors and engage with the theatre and hopefully, it will encourage some of them to come along to one of our relaxed performances if they are interested in the theatre.

“All the ladies there were very taken with our Prince Florizel, but Headway did have a visit from Prince Harry last year so he had some tough competition and a few comparisons were made.”

Headway works to rehabilitate anyone who has, at any point during their lifetime, sustained a brain injury through things like trauma and accidents, viruses, tumours or neurological conditions.

Part of this rehabilitation is speech therapy, and Red Riding Hood cast members took part in this weeks session.

Michelle said: “It was great to take part in the therapy session and see how hard everyone works.

“The service users had been practicing asking questions so they got to ask their favourite stars a question.

“They asked things like, where did you study, where are you from, what do you like about acting. All really great questions.

“All of the cast members absolutely loved it and said it was a great experience to meet such a variety of people of all ages.”

Red Riding Hood has been running since November and has already sold more than 30,000 tickets.

Some tickets are still available for the shows that will run until January 27 and can be purchased from the box office or by visiting https www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

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