We saw off 2017 in style with a ‘Christmas Cafe’ on Saturday 16th December. Everyone across all our services in the centre was invited and the hall was totally packed with guests of all ages – it must have been some kind of record!
Festive crudites abounded thanks to Jenny and our kitchen volunteers. We were able to served these as complimentary as we received surplus from The Felix Project and a generous donation of some giftcards from Sainsbury’s Kilburn High Rd. Everyone was pleased!
Before the panto performance we had some stalls in the foyer from our crotchet group and other crafty locals – the perfect chance to get some last minute Xmas shopping done.
Meanwhile the cast of the panto – Dick Whittington (The Abbey version) had been getting their makeup done and making some last minute preparations backstage… They’d been getting together and rehearsing for several weeks thanks to director John. Here they are in dress rehearsal…
The cast was as follows:
Dick Whittington: Selene
His cat: Joanna
Pete: The Alderman
King Rat: John (the villain!)
The Cook: Sally
Idle Jack: Jean
Kanchan: Abby (The love interest!)
Ellen: Fairy Bowbells
A few strokes of makeup later and the cast were well and truly in character. Ready to take to the stage…
Dick Whittington is a story of aspiration, city life, a villainous rat, decoy cakes and loads of romance for good measure. We made a few modern adaptations but still kept the classic panto ‘oh no we didn’t!’s and ‘mwahahaas’. The kids all loved it – plenty of our Children’s Services families and other locals were in the audience which was great to see.
It was all very well-received and it was all rounded-off by a carols performance from the Abbey choir.
We’d like to thank everyone who attended – you made it a Christmas to remember, and hope to see you all soon at Abbey activities in 2018. And thanks to our great team of kitchen volunteers who kept us all fed and watered!