On the 22nd December, Nelson Trust supporters, clients and friends came together to watch the most recent Nelson Trust production, a pantomime based on the story of Oliver Twist. Clients discovered new talents in script writing, drama, performance, and stage set design, as well as all the technical skills required to deliver a big production.
This is a highlight event for many who come to us for treatment at this time of the year. Sally Millar loved it so much last year that she volunteered again to play the lead role of Nancy. This is what she said about her experience in 2014: 'Writing, community activities, outward bounds, walking, drama and singing all helped to build my self-belief. Taking the part of the ghost of Jacob Marley in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in The Nelson Trust Christmas pantomime 2014 was a breakthrough moment.' Sally has grown in confidence in such a short time. She knows that performing will always play a big in her life as she looks to the future. She is currently in a re-settlement house in Stroud and has just started a part time job.
Rehearsals started at the beginning of November and all the hard work really paid off. Our pantomime this year was Oliver Twist, but Oliver with a very BIG TWIST. Oliver, son of someone struggling with addiction, gets in with the wrong sort, but finds the road to recovery when rescued by The Nelson Trust! This was a truly brilliant, highly original take on a well-known classic. Extremely entertaining, striking a very powerful cord for many. THANK YOU ALL FOR A WONDERFUL SHOW.