York panto raises £3,000 for two city charities

A big number! The picture at York Ambulance Station shows Julie Russell (York Against Cancer), James Chambers, Jen Dodd, Colin Pearson and Val Corder (MNDA, York), Blue Light Theatre Company, Zoe Paylor, Perri Ann Barley, Christine Friend, Beth Waudby, Mark Friend, Devon Wells, Mick Waudby, Craig Barley and Glen Gears

The Blue Light Theatre Company took to the stage once again in January to raise money for two worthy York Charities, York Against Cancer and Motor Neurone Disease Association (York).

And they are thrilled to reveal they matched last year’s amount of £3,000 – despite production costs rising.

The money raised has been split equally between the two charities.

Mark Friend of the theatre company said: “We have received fantastic support from many of North Yorkshire’s tourist attractions and businesses, without their generous support we would not have been able to raise this amount.”

The 2020 show, Oh! What A Circus, is the seventh panto performed by The Blue Light Theatre Company at Acomb Working Men’s Club. In total they have managed to raise well over £10,000.

Back again in 2021

The panto cast

Writer and co-producer of the pantomime Perri Ann Barley said: “It’s great to see our audience come back year after year to support us plus lots of new audience as the word gets around just how good our productions are.

“Work is already underway for Panto 2021 and the challenge is on to make it even bigger and better than the last. The title will be announced later in the year”.

The Blue Light Theatre Company is made up of paramedics, dispatchers, York Hospital staff and members of York’s theatre scene.