Daylight perform ‘best show ever’
Service users from Islington’s Daylight Centre put on their “best show ever” when they performed their adaptation of Ghost in front of a packed audience of friends and family at Sadler’s Wells theatre last week.
Sixty cast members, 30 service users and 30 staff spent five months rehearsing and preparing for the show. The matinee performance on Wednesday 17 May was watched by 120 children with special needs from the Bridge and Samuel Rhodes School. The play is part of the school’s drama curriculum and eight pupils danced in the show.
“Thursday night was our best show ever which is really saying something,” said Richard Gaskill, centre manager. “The themes of love and death were poignantly and powerfully delivered by the most enthusiastic actors. Scenes were without a dry eye in the house and the whole audience was swaying to uplifting music belted out by a Daylight staff member who sings in gospel choirs.”
Sean Troy played the role of Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) who is shot in front of his beloved Molly (Demi Moore), played by Elizabeth Durkin. Sean and Elizabeth have starred in all five of Daylight’s stage performances.
Two professional artists donated their time to make sets and special effects. Yiyun Kang created projections which fitted on to the props, so there were moving subway trains, rain and fantastical lighting creating a ghost effect. And Stu Lee painted the New York Subway set.
“A large portion of Daylight staff worked from 8am to 10pm for days on end, including weekends but it all wanes in comparison to the effort and experience of the service users and their families,” says Richard.
“We had a drinks reception after and when the service users came in they were received like superstars with their families bursting with pride.”