PANTOFLYERThere’s no business like show business as customers of Hansel are finding out, thanks to a unique partnership with the Ayr Gaiety.

A team from Gaiety ACT OUT! has been running a community theatre group in the charity’s Baird Centre in Symington for the past three months helping people of all abilities to write, edit and perform in their own filmed pantomime.

Designed to inspire a greater involvement in the arts, the programme lets those taking part choose what they want to do – whether they love taking centre stage or prefer behind the scene roles as writers, producers, directors, crew and camera operators.

The finished production, which tells the story of two princesses who are kidnapped by henchmen and are eventually freed with the help of three magic wishes and a kind fairy godmother, is going to be premiered at a special screening in the Baird Centre on the 23rd of December.

Chris Colvin, Baird Centre Facilitator said: “The drama workshops are open to people of all abilities and have been a massive hit with our clients, their support workers and our staff.  They have loved having the chance to produce their own pantomime from scratch and we are all looking forward to seeing the finished result.”

The Gaiety has also been running a Mates, Music & Memories Over 60’s drama group in the Centre. Set up to reduce loneliness, isolation and to increase socialisation within Hansel’s senior community, it has quickly become popular with clients.

Rishaad Moudden, Development Coordinator for Ayr Gaiety Partnership,  said: “Both groups are having a fantastic effect on the customers at Hansel and improving their quality of life, particularly those living with dementia. The music, dance and reminiscence sessions take them back to yester-year and really bring everyone out of their shell. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Hansel and expanding our work in 2016.”

For further information on the courses at the Baird Centre call Chris Colvin on 01563 830 340 or email Baird.Centre@hansel.org.uk