Thursday, 20 December 2012

Skype Spreads The Spirit of Christmas to Children Across the UK

Many of us are busy making Christmas as magical as possible for our children at the moment, but what would we do if they were too unwell to go to the grottos, the ice rinks, the markets, and the panto?

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood (dressed as a dame above!) recently came up with the idea of the live relay of a pantomime to Great Ormond Street Hospital.  The pantomime has been broadcast live via Skype from a North Wales theatre to the London children's hospital, in what has been hailed as a world first.

This is just one of Skype's initiatives to bring people closer together, not just friends and families, but communities and people across the world. In an age of Interactive Whiteboards and technology in schools, Skype is even being used to further children's education, as it offers such fantastic opportunities to connect with others, wherever they may be.

The panto production of Peter Pan at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, was relayed on a big screen for sick children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.  A very fitting pantomime, as the rights to Peter Pan were bequeathed to the hospital by its author J.M. Barrie in 1929, and the hospital has received royalties from every production of the play since.

Many of the children had never seen anything like it as fairies, dames and clowns arrived to spread some Christmas joy alongside the live-streaamed panto via Skype.  After walking down the special 'blue carpet', the audience experienced the pantomime as if they were actually there, whilst also having the opportunity to interact live with the cast. Just look at the children's faces in this video!

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