Elderly residents from across Brighton and Hove came together to showcase their sensational talents at a Christmas cracker of a show.
Panto dames and gents from five Sanctuary Housing and Southern Housing Group independent living schemes joined forces to put on a pantomime for their friends. Barry Cash, 70, played the wicked Baron Barry, whilst 77-year-old Iris Bearman played the happiness fairy who had lost her laughter.
Over 40 residents turned out to watch the Christmas event, which featured brightly coloured costumes provided by the residents themselves. Residents and staff continued the dramatic theme with a comedy sketch, songs, poetry and an instrumental performance.
The festivities were rounded off with cakes, tea and mulled wine, which was served to the thespians, musicians and audience.
Dorothy Tudsbury – who lives in Holt Lodge, Brighton − said: “It was wonderful and such great fun. All the actors did so well and everyone enjoyed themselves.”
Stephanie Killer, Sanctuary’s director of housing operations (London and South East), added: “It’s great to see the community coming together and really getting into the festive spirit.
“Our residents are extremely entertaining and it is wonderful to see them showcasing their talents for everyone to enjoy.”