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Performance group took centre stage for Christmas cheer at RMCH!

A Salford performance group starred and perform in their adaptation of a pantomime at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital as part of the programme of events happening here over the Christmas period. Pantomime RMCH 2013

On Thursday 5th of December, 20 young actors from The Television Workshop Salford's under 11s group are starred in their adaptation - 'Dick Pendleton' this Christmas on the Wards of Manchester Children's Hospital. . 

Susan Fairclough, Therapeutic and Specialised Play Service Manager at the Children's hospital said: "We are pleased and very grateful to Television Workshop Salford for taking the time to perform to the children and their families of the festive season. Being in hospital at this time of year can be tough but we welcome all activities that bring a Christmassy cheer to the faces of the boys and girls we treat here at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital".

Rachel Brogan, Workshop Director, added: "The Television Workshop Salford is over the moon to be supporting RMCH this Christmas.  Our under 11s group have worked really hard to create a fun and festive cracker for the children at the hospital. We are looking forward to a fruitful future relationship with the children's hospital and bringing cheer to all its patients."

Starting at just six years of age from across Greater Manchester, the aspiring actors are to visit the hospital to bring some fun, frolics and Christmas cheer to the children on the wards this year.  This project kick started an exciting year of collaboration for The Television Workshop Salford and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Television Workshop Salford aims to develop and train young talent for stage and screen, with an ethos to support talent regardless of the ability to pay. The Workshop is inspired by and is working in association with the award winning Television Workshop, which started in 1983 and whose alumni include Samantha Morton, Chris Gascoyne and a host of other successful talents.

Charlotte Dowson, an aspiring actor from the workshop said of the events at the children's hospital: "I've been going to the Television Workshop for a year. I love going to the Workshop because you can always trust the leaders Rachel, Holly and Jason to help you progress in your acting skills. I like meeting up with all of the other members because we have a great connection even though we are from different schools and areas."

"This is the first time I've played a boy and it has been interesting and not as weird as I thought it would be. Rehearsing for Dick Pendleton has been such a laugh because Rachel has written loads of jokes, we were really looking forward to entertain the children at Manchester Children's hospital this Christmas, we've did it all for them! We loved sharing the Christmas spirit."