Sharelle’s story: Our Queen of Hearts found that panto was the foundation for a new passion…
“I was excited about being in the Edberts panto - I used to love drama when I was a kid but never really had the chance to do it as an adult. I’d struggled with depression and anxiety, and the panto was good for me – I think when you have mental health problems you act everyday anyways, but through being given a character and pretending to be them it helps you to forget your own problems.”
Through her performance in the panto, Sharelle was invited to work with a drama facilitator, helping teach drama in local schools, won a place on a Princes Trust performance course achieving her Bronze Arts Award, and secured a part in a Terry Pratchett play at the People’s Theatre in Newcastle.
“I loved the feeling of teamwork and everyone being involved – every week was something to look forward to, and I will never forget the overwhelming sense of pride in what we achieved.”
Sharelle Scullion, local resident
Beacon Lough East, Gateshead, NE9 6SS