‘All the World’s a Stage’ at Dormy House

Christmas is not complete without the traditional panto and Dormy House in Sunningdale, Berkshire were no exception this year, when they decided to get into the festive spirit and to produce and stage their very own production of Cinderella with a twist.

With much anticipation and after much discussion as to what to perform, a decision was made to show Cinderella but to perform it in rhyme which made it just a little different from the norm and fun and interesting.

Lots of planning and preparation were in order and the four weeks leading up to the date of the panto were a flurry of organisation and action as Dormy House saw most of our activities centred around either making costumes or painting scenery for our set. The residents were very excited and eager to get involved and helped with creating some of the pieces of scenery and pinning patterns to the material for the wonderful costumes and stage setting we had designed.  They enjoyed watching Helen Payne, Hospitality & Activities Lead use the sewing machine and also had a laugh or two when the boys tried on the dresses. Well panto does always have its dames. “Oh yes it does…!”

As with all performances, getting a great audience and promotion is key so we put up large posters all around the home announcing our event and invited relatives, friends of residents and Dormy House, along with team members and their families.  There was a very good turn out on the day and we were delighted with the attendance. In fact, some were in the stalls as there was standing room only in our very large lounge and lots of children opted to sit on the floor near the front.

Mickey Shirley, Caring Homes Regional Operations Director said “Well done on the Panto. It was very well done and the looks on the faces of the Residents were brilliant; everyone had a great time.”

The panto was ably performed with gusto and lots of enthusiasm by our following team members and there was lots of laughter, giggles and cheers for all of our performers. Following the Panto we served mince pies and mulled wine much to everyone’s delight.

Cast list as follows:

Cinderella – Nadia (Senior Carer)

Stepmother – Elaine (Domestic)

Grace (ugly sister) – Julian (HCA)

Lily (ugly sister) – Marwin (HCA)

Prince Charming – Matt (kitchen assistant)

Herald – Jack (KP)

Fairy Godmother – Nadi (RGN)

Narrator – Charlotte (Activities)

Producer/costumes/scenery/music – Helen and residents

Using a famous line from this panto; ‘Where there is kindness, there is goodness and where there is goodness there is magic’ and for all of us at Dormy House, we truly experienced all these elements and definitely some magic on this special day.

It was such fun for all involved and it was a real collaborative event both before and during the performance. We would like to thank everyone who helped support us and we had such a great time, we’ve already been hearing comments about it becoming a Dormy House tradition and putting on a panto again next year. Watch this space…

If you would like to find out more about life at Dormy House, please contact us on 0808 223 5424 or via email to manager.dormy@CaringHomes.org.

Dormy House

Home Manager

Joanne Gullon


Ridgemount Road,

0808 223 5424
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