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Underground Lights spread Christmas cheer with festive sharing

Posted on 15 November 2019

On Friday 8 November, our brilliant Springboard Company Underground Lights presented their third shared performance, this time at Shop Front Theatre.

Mona Lisa - Underground Lights

An invited audience of staff and supporters were treated to a festive showcase of panto, poetry and even opera as members of the Underground Lights Community Theatre group and participants in its drop-in Creative Café gave us a taste of recent projects they’ve been working on.

Mona Lisa - Underground Lights

The event kicked off with Mona Lisa, a sung-through performance about an art auction that goes terribly wrong! After the daughter of one of the bidders makes a shock announcement, a sneaky thief takes advantage of the distraction, stealing inside the auction room to make off with a priceless painting. The short piece emerged from scenes devised at the Creative Café following a workshop on operatic singing. One participant, Becky, even put her own painting skills to use to create the artwork featured in the show.

Hope - Underground Lights

A poet as well as a painter, Becky then shared with us some verses that she’d written on the subject of Hope. It’s not the first time she’s impressed us with her poetry though – last month, she entered a Frankenstein-inspired piece to our Frankenfic horror writing competition, which you can read here.

No Time For Christmas - Underground Lights

Finally, the community drama group, which meets weekly at the Belgrade, wrapped things up with a very silly Christmas show that mixed up elements from a whole range of traditional panto stories. No Time For Christmas! tells the story of a headstrong princess, who runs away from the palace and ends up saving Christmas by rescuing Santa’s missing watch from the clutches of an evil magician who has everybody hoodwinked.

No Time For Christmas - Underground Lights

Of course, she has a bit of help from the friends she makes along the way, including her nana and bodyguard, a fairy godmother and her trainee assistant, a genie, a lumberjack, a travelling minstrel and a mother and daughter who live deep in the woods.

No Time For Christmas - Underground Lights

The big finale came with a visit from Father Christmas himself, and some early presents for the lucky audience members!

No Time For Christmas - Underground Lights

Underground Lights Community Theatre is an independent company run for (with the ultimate aim of being run by) adults experiencing social disadvantage, homelessness and/or mental health issues, drawing on research that demonstrates how participation in drama can improve mental health and wellbeing. For more information about the company, please visit the Underground Lights website.

No Time For Christmas - Underground Lights

As a registered charity (number 219163), the Belgrade Theatre is reliant on funding from Members, corporate supporters and individual donors to continue its wide-ranging work in the community, including the Springboard talent development programme that supports emerging companies like Underground Lights. For more information about why we are a charity and how you can help, please visit our Support Us page.

No Time For Christmas - Underground Lights