From paramedics to panto – ambulance workers stage Oz-Mania this week

The Blue Light Theatre Company cast in one of their previous productions, The Fairytale of Hypochondria
24 Jan 2017 @ 10.01 pm
| Charity, Community news

A theatre company created by employees of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service have a very unusual emergency to deal with this week.

They must fend of wicked witches and prescribe a happy-ever-after ending in their new panto Oz-Mania.


Acomb Working Men’s Club

Wed Jan 25-Fri Jan 27 @ 7.30pm


Blue Light website

The Blue Light Theatre Company was originally put together by employees of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to raise money for a colleague who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. 

It was decided to perform a “one-off” pantomime to continue raising funds for the association. That was so successful with audiences that the company are now about to perform their fourth panto. The very talented cast is made up of a mixture of Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff and performers from the York stage.

Twists and turns

So what’s Oz-Mania all about? This is how Blue Light describe it:

Tourism in Oz has been on the decline since the demise of the Wicked Witches, despite the efforts of the Mayor and the Good Witches, Glinda and Addaperle, who run Oz Tours.

To make matters worse, Evil Mastermind Carlos De Vil, son of Cruella, has set up an Evil Arts Academy to recruit potential ‘baddies’.

Will the residents of Oz be able to fight against the Academy? Or will they be unable to resist following the path of Evil? Full of twists and turns, Ozmania promises to be our best panto yet!

The show is directed and produced by Craig Barley and written by Perri Ann Barley. They both work for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service but have also performed on the York stage for many years. 

Go along and be thoroughly entertained while also raising money for two very worthy local charities.