This Christmas, thousands of children will be spending Christmas in hospitals up and down the country, and The Roses is doing its bit to spread a bit of seasonal magic to those whose festive season has turned out to be different from how they might have imagined it.
Last year, the Tewkesbury theatre, in partnership with Streamer, used its state of the art live streaming system to trial a broadcast of its pantomime into Gloucester Royal Hospital’s Children’s Centre. The live screening was such a success that this year, hospitals up and down the country have been invited to join in the festivities and watch as its pantomime Dick Whittington is broadcast live on Wednesday 12 December. Those watching the performance include Gloucester’s Children’s Centre, the National Star College and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
The broadcast is completely free to watch. Caroline Lawrence, from the theatre, says:
“Every year we welcome thousands of children through our doors to enjoy our traditional pantomime. There’s something quite magical about seeing the excitement building and listening to them having the time of their lives as they boo and cheer along. It’s absolutely wonderful to have the capability to be able to share that magic with children who cannot get to a theatre this Christmas. We’ve been working with hospitals across the country to enable them to easily enable the children in their care the chance to watch our pantomime from their bedside”
Carl Walker, Managing Director of Streamer said:
"We’ve been delighted to once again see The Roses Theatre using their Streamer system to live stream the Christmas show to hospitals and schools this year. This is just another example of how we’re seeing venues using our streaming technology to easily reach audiences who are unable to be at the theatre, and where they can still enjoy the live show in fantastic quality."
The cast of Dick Whittington enjoyed a visit to Gloucester’s Children’s Centre prior to the screening this year, before taking to the stage in the knowledge that they will not only be entertaining the children in front of them but also many more up and down the country.
For more information on Streamer and their live stream system, details can be found at www.streamer-live.com