Christmas Pantomime

PEP presents ‘Aladdin Christmas Showtime’

Dec 20 2016
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On the 15th December the Granton Baptist Church hosted PEP’s Christmas Celebrations.

This year the ever popular dancers from the ‘Edinburgh Dance Academy’’ returned to delight the audience with 5 routines. They were talented and entertaining and the younger dancers especially got the audience ‘oohing and ahhing!’

This year’s PEP Pantomime Presentation was ‘Aladdin’ with PEP’s staff, volunteers and group members taking on all the roles. Driver Ian excelled himself playing the evil baddie ‘Abanazar’ and the Guards, played by various volunteers and group members, were amazing with their comic ‘guarding’ of Sultan, George, and his beautiful daughter played by Fiona. Laughs abounded and extra entertainment was provided by the Literacy Groups poem, volunteer Justyna’s amazing piano playing and the ‘court musicians’.

We were delighted to also have Duo Hyperborea as our ‘Court Musicians’ playing Balkans and Middle Eastern Music for the evening. Their music and singing gave the evenings pantomime an authentic Eastern touch and was a fantastic musical experience for the audience.  

The evening also saw awards given to James Hosey as PEP’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’, Marion Penman for a ‘Special Recognition’ award and Mary Harrison as ‘Inspiring Volunteering’ award.
The evening ended with the raffle of 5 lovely hampers donated by the staff at Liberton Hospital and a buffet for all prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers.

Acknowledgements: Rev. Ian Dickie and the Granton Baptist Church, The staff at Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh Dance Academy, Duo Hyperborea, Heineken UK, Neighbourly, Morrison’s Ferry Road, McKenzie & Millar and all the staff, volunteers and service users at PEP who made the evening special!

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PEP’s Panto Time

Dec 17 2015
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2015 saw the return of ‘PEP’s Panto Time’ introduced by PEP volunteer and compair Ray Chisholm.

The evening kicked off with the dancers from the ‘Edinburgh Dance Academy’. They wowed the audience with their skills and routines. As always they were a delight to watch.

This year’s main event was PEP’s staff, volunteers and group members performing their rendition of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’. There was carol singing from all the dwarves, dancing from Olivia and Carol-Ann Hulford, a fantastically funny poem written and read out by the Tuesday Literacy Group, and music played by PEP’s very own Theodora Hidalgo… and how many dwarves were there, I hear you cry? Why 12 of course because in the words of Frances Durie (AKA Boss Dwarf) ‘you can volunteer for anything at PEP’. Who needs the Kings theatre – when you can come down to North Edinburgh!

After the show Ray drew the raffle with lucky winners heading off with hampers, gift sets, wine and chocolates. The evening was rounded off with a lovely buffet before the buses arrived to take everyone home.

It was a fantastic evening which was enjoyed by everyone and it was agreed that driver Ian Mason stole the show as the ‘Evil Queen’.

Thank you to everyone for their hard work in front of and behind the scenes. And a huge thanks to Ian and Phil at the Granton Baptist Church for again joining in the fun and hosting the evening.

Thank you and ‘Merry Christmas’.

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