Just what doctor ordered

Starlight Summer Panto
Starlight Summer Panto

A pop-up panto is set to bring a smile to the faces of young patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital next month.

Starlight Children’s Foundation will bring a big dose of sunshine to youngsters at the hospital when its amazing pop-up pantomime pays a visit.

Starlight is a national charity that grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK.

During an eight-week tour, the Starlight Summer Panto will visit children’s wards throughout the country and will stop at Forth Valley Royal Hospital at 3.30pm on September 5.

This year’s pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and it has been produced exclusively for Starlight by The Panto Company. Fully interactive, this brand new adaptation of the classic children’s story is full of fun and the young patients will get to laugh, cheer and sing along as the four actors perform for them, their families and the staff.

Every year, Starlight provides entertainment and distraction to over half a million poorly children and the Starlight Summer Panto will give thousands the chance to shout “He’s behind you!” from the safety of the hospital ward.

Lisa Ross, play leader in NHS Forth Valley’s women and children’s unit, said: “Every year we look forward to Starlight’s Summer Panto and we simply can’t wait for the arrival of Robinson Crusoe.

“We know that play can significantly help to improve a child’s hospital experience and Starlight’s Summer Panto gives our young patients a chance to forget their illness for a short while and simply have some fun.”

Neil Swan, chief executive of Starlight Children’s Foundation, said: “All of Starlight’s activities are aimed at distracting children from the pain and anxiety that they might be feeling as a result of their illness.

“Starlight’s Summer Panto is always hugely popular with patients in hospitals and hospices alike as it’s great fun. We hope that this performance of Robinson Crusoe will be just what the doctor ordered!”