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The Downsview Players brings panto fun to all with extra performances for local community

An Upper Norwood amateur dramatics group will be performing a pantomime for the first time for care home residents and people with learning disabilities.

Members of the Downsview Players during the final dress rehearsal of their pantomime, Dick Whittington. The cast (from left to right) include Samantha Canning (Alice), 14-year-old Laura (Tommy the Cat), Julie Nye (Dick Whittington), Steve Canning (Dame) and Simon Charles (King Rat).
The cast of Dick Whittington are all set to entertain audiences in Upper Norwood and across Croydon.

Taking our performance out to the community

Members of The Downsview Players will be putting on a special matinee performance of their pantomime Dick Whittington for children and adults with learning disabilities or autism at Downsview Church in Waddington Way on Saturday 23 November, 2019.

The actors will also visit Hall Grange in Shirley and Cedar View in Croydon on Sunday 24 November to perform a tailored version of the pantomime for the care home residents.

Teaming up with church groups

The Players and members of the 5th Croydon Boys’ Brigade Company and 2nd Thornton Heath Girls’ Brigade will then put on regular performances at Downsview Church hall on 28, 29 and 30 November, including a matinee on Saturday afternoon.

The cast include Julie Nye (Dick Whittington), Samantha Canning (Alice), 14-year-old Laura (Tommy the Cat), Steve Canning (Dame) and Simon Charles (King Rat).

Director Anne Bassi said:

“The Downsview Players are very much part of the local community and thanks to a Croydon Community Grant, we will be able to put on a relaxed performance for people with autism and learning disabilities with no flashing lights or loud music. “We also wanted to put on the panto for care home residents who can’t make it to the church hall so this grant has enabled us to do that.  “It’s going to be a lot of fun but also a lot of hard work for the Players – seven performances across the Croydon borough will be a challenge but one we’re looking forward to.”

For all media enquiries, please email and a member of the team will be in touch. We welcome requests for interviews and can supply imagery for publication.

This production is in the past, but you can read more about our next performances in the Box Office.

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