Sunday, 20 January 2013

The PwC charity panto hits the stage...
The annual PwC charity panto is in it's 27th year and is set to dazzle London's West End next week before moving onto Nottingham. Peter Pan and will feature flying, mermaids, some rather useless pirates, a crocodile with a mobile phone in his stomach and many many popular tunes (including one by a certain Korean internet sensation...).

Brave staff and alumni (including current board members) are acting as cast and crew on the production that's running until 26th Jan at the Peacock Theatre on Kingsway, with ticket prices ranging from £13 - £18. All in the name of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, PwC has donated £25,000 to GOSH towards their Centre for Children's Rare Diseases, and extra collections after the paid-for performances will add to the pot. Some of the cast will be going to GOSH after show-week to perform part of the show for the children too sick to attend.

The number of tickets for underprivileged children and charities has been increased this year, meaning 4,700 London children will get to see the show for free - including a goodie bag and their transport to the theatre and back. The team at PwC receive many letters from people every year saying how much this trip has meant to them and in a year when things have been even tougher financially for a lot of people, they wanted to do a bit more and allow more families to have a fun night out without worrying about the cost. An additional 1,500 kids will be seeing the show in Nottingham,

One of the shows is audio-described for the blind and visually-impaired, and those children will take part in a 'touch tour' before curtain-up, where they will get to come onto the stage and get the chance to interact with the costumes, props and musical instruments to make it a more sensory experience for them. Another of the shows is signed for the deaf and hard of hearing.

It has become such a fixture in the PwC calendar and the CSR commitment so long-standing that the annual fundraiser goes far beyond a tick-box exercise for big business. Senior partner Ian Powell, is a big supporter of the show and is even delaying his trip to the annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland this week in order to go along. Frankly, I would as well to be fair - the show sounds like a lot more fun!

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