Here are just a few of the comments made by Colleges, Communities, Homes and Residents throughout Scotland
2011 Christmas Production of ‘Snow White’.
Kintyre House Care Home, Invergordon – “In 8 years as manager in the home, this has to be one of the best events we have ever hosted. It was attended by staff and relatives with some children as well as 34 (of our 41) residents. Everyone was very engaged, there was a lot of laughter, singing a long as well as the booing and cheering. From age 2 – 92 there was something for everyone.”
Clachnaharry Care Home, Inverness – “Residents who do not normally participate joined in and had fun.”
Beechgrove House, Perth – “It really felt as if we were at the theatre but without all the hassle involved with transport and the distress to our residents with disabilities when visiting an unfamiliar venue.”
Hallhouse Care Home, Kilmarnock – “Very enjoyable. Very professional. Entertaining and good value for money. The residents are already looking forward to the summer show.”
Flemington Care Home, Glasgow – “I would have no hesitation in booking Theatre Presto again and will recommend them to other activity Coordinators.”
Archway Respite Care & Housing Ltd, Aberdeen – “Great show, everyone really enjoyed it. Great interaction with everyone too – lots of happy smiling faces all round!”
Parkdale Care Home, Perth – “All our client, families and staff really enjoyed your show. It was very different but very enjoyable. You and your cast are to be commended for this show.”
Four Seasons Health Care, Glasgow – “A varied and exciting show which all in attendance thoroughly enjoyed. Well suited for smaller audience and close interaction with residence. Very professional and highly recommended. Would definitely bring back!”
Accord Hospice, Paisley – “Every patient thoroughly enjoyed it. There hasn’t been one negative comment, so that speaks volumes, as we have several patients who are happy to speak their minds. Word has already got back to our Senior Management about the fabulous Panto. I’m sure we’ll be signing up for your summer show.”
- 2012 Summer Production of ‘The End of Pier Variety Show’
Seaview Nursing Home, Wick – “Very entertaining and bought memories back to a lot of residents with old songs. Lots of music and dancing. Just perfect.”
Strathallan Care Home, Strathpeffer – “Absolutely fabulous. Residents had an amazing time. Very interactive, with a good level of audience participation, variety and talent.”
Oversteps Care Home, Dornoch – “The show was very funny, lots of laughing and a lot of our residents could relate to the songs and sang along which was heart warming to see.”
Highview House Care Home, Inverness – “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the show, especially the songs and musical instruments. How so much could happen in such a small space appealed to them.”
- 2012 Christmas production of ‘Cinderella’
Westlea Care Home, Glasgow – “You promised us a very entertaining afternoon and you certainly did not disappoint. Fun, engaging and entertaining. Staff, residents, visitors and children thoroughly enjoyed the show.”
Isobel Rhind Centre, Invergordon – “A very professional production. Singing and quick changes were impressive. Also appreciated was the way the cast engaged with the audience both before and after the performance.”
Southside Nursing Home, Inverness – “Some individuals, who would not as a matter of course interact or respond were animated and joyful – lots of foot-tapping and singing along. A highlight of the calendar for residents and staff alike!”
Avoch Friendship Club – “What a professional performance this was! Hilarious Script and good-going songs. Their quick changes of the colourful, wonderful costumes were amazing and they bought fun and laughter to all the many parts they played. They interacted with our members and I could see that everyone was completely involved. The Final Christmas singalong almost raised the roof!!”
Cardonald College, Glasgow – “Many ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners have never experienced this element of British culture and found it exciting, entertaining and a production of high quality. This is the second year Theatre Presto have visited Cardonald College, we hope there will be a third.”
- 2013 Summer production of ‘The Very Misunderstood Mister
The Meadows Care Home, Dornoch – “Excellent production by Preston and 2 others. Their roles required them to take on the many roles of a Punch and Judy play. It was terrific. Throwing their voices meant they did not require the application of microphones. Haste Ye Back!!”
The Glasgow Keep Fit Club, Glasgow – “Excellent! – Acting superb. Clever characterisations with colourful performances from all. Innovative, but still kept the tradition of Punch and Judy shows of ‘ye olden days’. Puppet technicalities were inspired. Great Entertainment and just the right length.”
Westlea Care home, Glasgow – “Once again another terrific performance.”
- 2013 Christmas production of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’
Rosewell House, Aberdeen – “Better than the theatre”, “So talented”, “Wonderful” – These are just a few of the comments from the audience. The event was a huge success and the limited space was put to very effective use. Superb interaction with the audience who loved getting photos taken with the cast. The panto has been a much talked about event. Thank you.
Mo Dhachaidh Nursing Home, Ullapool – “Residents and staff were thrilled that you came to us with your fantastic panto. We all thought it was very entertaining and we have never had any entertainment like it before. It was great. One of our residents was asked if they enjoyed it….. ‘I wasn’t really sure what was going on to begin with but as it went on it was very funny. Really enjoyed it. Good fun’.
Marine House, Rosemarkie – Our residents were so bright, lively and alert as well as being more vocal! Was enjoyed by both residents and staff. Easy sing-a-long music too. All looking forward to your next visit.
Cumbernauld Care Home, Cumbernauld – Pantomime was full of songs that our residents could remember and sing along to. They all enjoyed it very much. Artist interacted well with our clients and were understanding towards heir needs and abilities. Thanks very much.
Cromarty Fourways Club, Cromarty – Absolutely fantastic. Everyone loved it; Old and Young not forgetting the in-betweens! Haste Ye Back.
Home Farm, Skye – I was a bit unsure of how the residents would take to the pantomime. My expectations were far exceeded. The atmosphere was great. The performers interacted with everyone and made it a very special day. We look forward to seeing you in the summer.
- 2014 Summer Production of ‘McAlister in Wonderland’
Seaview Nursing Home, Wick – Brilliant. Residents and staff so delighted and full of laughter – very entertaining and made so many residents happy.
Tigh na Drochaid Resource Centre, Skye – Everyone really enjoyed this performance. It was pitched at just the right level for our mixed audience of older people, people with dementia and people with learning disabilities. We are looking forward to the Christmas Panto. Thank you very much.
Accord Hospice, Paisley – Once again a highly entertaining and wonderful performance. The costumes were super and the acting great. We got great feedback from every patent about the performance.
The Meadows Care Home, Dornoch – Comments from Residents; “Excellent for just 3 people”, “Are they coming back?”, “That was lovely”, “I’ve never seen anything like that before”, “That young lad has a great voice”, “”They were so nice and friendly”, “He’s been here before”. As always the performance was greatly appreciated by all. The cast were fantastic.
- 2014 Christmas Production of ‘Aladdin’
Southside Nursing Home, Inverness – Well thought out performance – songs (sort of) familiar to residents – Jingles, catch phrases etc also familiar. Strong visual images and excellent interaction with residents. Remembering residents from previous visits went down very well (Louisa Taylor)
Sherbrooke Lodge, Glasgow – What a great show. Residents and staff loved it. It’s like switching a light on when the residents faces light up. Excellent – would recommend to everyone! (Roseann Murray)
Highview House, Inverness – As usual, a wonderful performance bringing all the fun of a huge pantomime production to the small stage. We would only be able to take 6 residents out to the theatre at any one time and especially in winter weather, bringing the entertainment to us is great! All the residents, who attended, remarked on the performance, saying what fun it was. Also we served mulled punch and mince pies to everyone! (Ann Harris, Activities)
Pentland View Care Home, Thurso – The residents were delighted to ‘meet and greet’ the players. Many were recognized by the residents from previous events. The residents enjoyed being named during the performance plus the singing and pantomime interaction. The photographs taken with the players gave great pleasure as did the programmes which will aid memories. The performance stimulated memories, reactions and happiness. Most important was the players remembering individual residents. (Kim Melloe, Activities co/ordinate)