Community group’s first ever signed pantomime performance set to take the stage in Leeds

St Andrew's Pantomime Group performers Bill Taylor, Beth Forster, Steve Conlon, Aimee Forster and Steven Roddy pictured for a previous show.
St Andrew's Pantomime Group performers Bill Taylor, Beth Forster, Steve Conlon, Aimee Forster and Steven Roddy pictured for a previous show.
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A thoughtful pantomime group are staging their first ever performance aimed to give people with hearing impairments some festive cheer.

The St Andrew’s Pantomime Group has announced it will put on a special inclusive show of their Sleeping Beauty production supported by a qualified signer recommended by the Signed Performance in Theatre organisation.

The group has raised more than £33,000 for local charities over the past decade through its annual run of shows at St Andrew’s Community Centre, in Old Lane, Beeston.

Tickets for its Sleeping Beauty shows, which will run from January 16 to 30, will feature an inclusive performance on January 28 thanks to funding from the Duke of York’s Community Initiative.

Simon Forster, group chair, said: “It’s hugely important that we do this. Panto is a great medium for people as it is so visual. The signing allows people with hearing impairments to really appreciate the full effect of panto performance.”

He said the inclusive show is the next step in its outreach work, having taken rehearsals out to the Hollybank Trust, in Mirfield, last year and progressed its summer children’s theatre group Starlight.

Each year around 60 of the group’s amateur performers take the time to learn lines, rehearse, make costumes and perform to both entertain the south Leeds public and raise vital funds for the church itself and other good causes.

The group was established in 1970 as a means of raising funds for the maintenance for St Andrew’s Methodist Church but has more recently branched out to support other good causes as well.

Tickets for the hearing impaired performance are available at a subsidised price of £3 per person. Otherwise tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Call 07443 571868, email standrewspantogroup@hotmail.com or visit standrewspanto.uk for information.

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