Hospices receive live video stream of pantomime

18 December 2012
Hospices and care homes nationwide can receive a live stream of a Christmas pantomime for free this Christmas.

Panto castThe Broadway Barking theatre in east London is streaming live performances of their pantomime ‘Cinderella’ to hospices across the UK.

Six hospices so far have signed up to access the free stream so that residents don’t miss out on the fun of panto.

They are: Northern Ireland Children's Hospice; Richard House Children's Hospice; St Joseph's Hospice; Helen & Douglas House; Claire House Children's Hospice and Children's Charity Scotland.

Residents, patients, carers and families will be able to access the stream in specific areas such as TV rooms. In Richard House Children's Hospice, a cinema room will be set up on Christmas Eve to project the production onto a flat screen and make the most of stereo surround sound.

The stream can also be accessed directly via a laptop if residents would rather watch the stream in their room or in bed.

It is hoped that the project will be rolled out nationwide by umbrella organisations Together for Short Lives and Help the Hospices.

The streaming is being managed by social networking site deadsoci.al. Chris Mellor of deadsoci.al said: "I'm a passionate advocate of this technology as a means of reaching a much wider audience, both in the comfort of their own homes, but equally as powerfully in hospitals and hospices across the UK."

Any hospices or nursing homes interested in receiving the stream should contact Barry Burke at The Broadway Barking theatre: barry.burke@thebroadwaybarking.com.

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