This week the Overly Dramatic! Drama Club from Airplay Lossie took to the stage to perform their very own Pantomime. Sarah Riley-Evans, tells us more.
People often say I'm mad to work with children and young people…long hours, little thanks and every waking moment taken up organising activities.
Quite often I'd be the first to agree, but this week I felt an immense sense of pride in my work as the Overly Dramatic! Drama Club from Airplay Lossie took to the stage and performed their very own pantomime. After six months of hard work, the kids put on a fantastic performance to an adoring crowd of parents, young people and well wishers.
'Midnight Mayhem at RAF Never Never' featured panto characters from all their favourite festive shows. The evil Sheriff of Nottingham tried to steal the gate guardian and make off with all the good luck on the Unit. So it was down to the characters to come to the rescue of the Station Commander...oh yes they did!
With singing, dancing, sweeties for the audience and lots of ‘its behind you’ good humour, this short show showed that giving young people support, a gentle guiding hand and lots and lots of encouragement they can achieve great things.
The smiles on the kids faces as they got their standing ovation was second to none. They were positively beaming and full of self confidence at their achievement and who knows; perhaps amongst our young stars we have the next Sir Anthony Hopkins or Dame Judi Dench!
This performance did have a bitter-sweet element though as two of the younger cast members have a daddy currently deployed in Afghanistan. As many of our members have a parent deployed or posted to other units we try very hard to incorporate discussions about how the young people may be feeling. We also make sure we do lots of crafts which get posted out to loved ones in theatre.
Overly Dramatic! is just one of seven session Airplay Lossie runs each week to provide support and fun for children within the RAF community and we simply could not do it without the ongoing support of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
So a very big thank you to everyone who has supported the Airplay project nationally – you are helping make children smile, achieve their goals and have lots of fun on the way!
By Sarah Riley-Evans