PHOTO GALLERY: Special Sheffield summer panto

St Wilfrids centre summer panto
St Wilfrids centre summer panto

Performers put it behind them for a special panto in Sheffield.

Once they would not have dared to get on stage.

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

But this group of people with mental health problems and difficulties moved an audience to tears with a performance of their own play.

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All the actors use the St Wilfrid’s Centre for homeless and vulnerable people in Sheffield and came up with the panto, called Blackpool Rock, on their own as part of their drama group.

Director Kevin Bradley said: “Many of the people who took part, when they first came to the centre, could not even converse with people.

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

“To see how people can progress so far, it seems like we have the secret to making people feel better.

“It takes a lot of courage to stand on stage. When they first came to the centre they had to be brought inside and to see people change like that is amazing.”

Blackpool Rock, performed at the Mother of God parish centre on Abbeydale Road on Tuesday, tells the story of a rock and roll contest in Blackpool Tower.

Special guests included Simrin Choudrie, who boosted the centre by £100,000 as part of television programme Secret Millionaire and is now the Queens Road facility’s patron.

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

Kevin added: “It was all singing and dancing, just brilliant.

“There were people crying in the audience because it was so emotional.

“The house was packed out and The Lord Mayor said it was the best thing she has been to.”

The performance was free to watch but people made donations as they left.

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

And £600 was raised towards the centre’s proposals for a 50-bed accommodation block on Queens Road.

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play

St Wilfrids centre summer play