Wednesday 29 January 2020

Hospital to see pantomime via Skype

Craig Revel Horwood launched the first Skype streaming of a panto
Craig Revel Horwood launched the first Skype streaming of a panto

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has helped launch the world's first pantomime show via Skype at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Patients and their families at the London hospital will be able to watch a live performance of Peter Pan on December 13 streamed using Skype technology from the Venue Cymru theatre in Llandudno, North Wales.

The internet video, voice and text company, widely used for "Skyping" friends and loved ones abroad, is providing the technology free for the performance, part of its partnership with pantomime producer Qdos Entertainment.

Horwood, known for his Strictly catchphrase "Three words: Fab-u-lous!" said: "Christmas is a very special time of year for families and we are delighted that the Qdos Entertainment partnership with Skype allows a pantomime to be broadcast live into Great Ormond Street Hospital in what is a fab-u-lous and unique event.

"As well as the live broadcast, we are thrilled to be raising funds for the hospital, which treats sick children from across the country."

The Australian-born dancer and choreographer described Skype, a division of Microsoft, as a "really, really fantastic medium" that he uses regularly to keep in contact with his family.

He will be appearing as the Wicked Queen alongside ex-Tory MP and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ann Widdecombe in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs at Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, Bucks.

"My role as the Wicked Queen I think is one of joy. The reason I say that is because I get to be really, really nasty. Of course, I am not like that in real life, of course I am not like that on Strictly Come Dancing either - just honest," he said.

"But this time I really get to ham it up and enjoy myself, plus what is interesting about it is that Widdy is playing my servant - so I get to boss her around a lot but she does get me back though for every one and two I ever gave her on Strictly. She does unfortunately have the last laugh but it is all in good spirit and all great fun."

Katie Simmons, senior fundraising manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, said: "We're very grateful to Qdos Entertainment for their ongoing support and fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. It's great that through their partnership with Skype we are able to broadcast a pantomime into the hospital."

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