It may have been the shortest day today but it was long on laughs when for the first time ever in Scotland, Jock and the Beanstalk was screened at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill.
The special free performance of the pantomime, by award-winning theatre company Wee Stories, was screened simultaneously by Arts and Theatres Trust Fife (AttFife) from Dunfermline's Carnegie Hall to children's wards in six hospitals across Scotland. The project is sponsored by Robert Wiseman Dairies and supported by Fife Council Celebrating Fife 2010
The pre-recorded performance was shown in the hospital’s Medicinema and included a live link-up via the internet to Carnegie Hall so that children could ask questions in real-time of the production team and actors.
The hospitals and hospice included in the project are Forth Park Children’s Ward in Kirkcaldy, Queen Margaret Children’s Ward in Dunfermline, Sick Kids in Edinburgh, Ninewells Children’s Ward in Dundee, Rachel House Hospice in Kinross and Sick Kids in Yorkhill, Glasgow.
For further information, please contact Lyn McNicol on t. 0797 1231238 or e-mail: [email protected]
Notes to Editors:
• Over the last few months, representatives from AttFife have been working closely with each hospital involved in the project to understand the needs of both patients and staff. In so doing, they have developed a tailored approach to suit each individual hospital depending on the needs of patients and their technical resources. So, for instance, in one hospital, children may be settling down to watch Jock and the Beanstalk on the large screens in their wards or playrooms; in Dundee and Glasgow, the Medi-cinema facilities can be utilized, and in others, the conference facilities usually reserved for teaching purposes, but perfectly suitable for screening and also access to the internet, will be used. The idea to apply use of the facilities in this way had simply never been considered before.
• Staff from AttFife and volunteers from each hospital will also be on hand to make the family party atmosphere spread from Fife to each of the hospitals in Scotland. Each child will be given a Jock and the Beanstalk Christmas fun pack, containing craft activities, colouring- in pens and stickers, and there will be face-painting. The children in hospital, their families and staff, will be able to enjoy a Christmas show even though they are in hospital.
• In addition to the screening in hospitals on 21st December, Jock and the Beanstalk will be shown on SOLUS plasma screens in up to 250 public waiting areas in hospitals across Scotland, the first time cultural content will be made available on this network.
• SOLUS will also be providing a Web-based TV channel where the performance may be viewed on demand. This will be particularly beneficial to some children who are not well enough on the day to see the group screening, or if children simply want to catch up again with other friends and family. The staff may also want to view again over the festive period.