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Theatre Company Brings Musical Cheer to Romsey Care Home

A theatre company has been delighting residents at Durban House in Romsey with a special production that brought together songs from popular musicals from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

‘Carousel’ recently visited the nurse-led care home to perform its ‘That’s Entertainment’ show, which featured musical numbers from 42nd Street, Carousel, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Half a Sixpence, and many more.

The company’s shows are specifically written for residential homes and day centres across the country, and, for those living at Durban House, it was a special nostalgic treat.

Setting up in the Romsey care home’s lounge, Carousel whisked residents back to a time when they were enjoying the selection of hit musicals for the very first time.

Lucy Harrison, General Manager at Durban House, said: “To be able to enjoy this special performance from the comfort of our lounge here, has been incredible. A big thank you to Carousel for coming along today. It has been fantastic to see all our residents singing and clapping along to songs they know and love.”

Carousel Theatre was founded in 2006 by Emily Wade and Griff Mellhuish, who have over 40 years of theatrical experience between them. Its shows are all 45 minutes long and its actors are seasoned professionals, many of whom have worked in the West End, regional touring theatre, film and television.

Talking of her visit to Durban House, Emily said: “We always make sure our performances are as visually and mentally stimulating as possible by using brightly coloured costumes, puppets, props, and jokes, and we sing songs from musicals that everyone will recognise.

“We had a fantastic time at Durban House today and were made to feel very welcome. It was brilliant to see both residents and staff getting involved, and we’re already looking forward to our next visit.”

Durban House is part of Sears Healthcare and CEO Richard Adams is pleased to hear that the care home has had the chance to enjoy the visiting performance.

He said: “What a great way for our residents to enjoy the theatre without having to travel anywhere.