Friday, 22 November 2013 16:47

TOA Taxis organises transport to live Pantomime show for local school children


TOA Taxis pantoLocal school children in Birmingham were enthralled by the annual pantomime organised by the Warwickshire Freemasons in conjunction with TOA Taxis who provided all transport to and from the show on Tuesday 4th December 2012.

The show, Dick Whittington, was produced by professional theatre company Chaplins at the Masons’ headquarters at The Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston. There were two performances, the morning show catering mainly for children with learning and physical disabilities, and the afternoon one being aimed at children who might perhaps never have been to a live theatre show. TOA Taxis funded and arranged for coaches and our own TOA Taxis to transport over 600 local school children, together with over 100 carers, to and from both performances. The children had a chance to meet Santa as they left, and were given Christmas gifts before they departed.


The performances of Dick Whittington were brilliantly received and positively interactive with the children booing the wicked Captain “smelly socks” Bogey and roaring with laughter at the antics of idle Jack, pretty Sarah the cook and Alice. The children also joined in by singing and clapping along to an appearance of Cluck the chicken.


In addition to the show, magician Peter Pocelli entertained the children (and adults!) before and after the performances, keeping the merriment going throughout the day.

The Provincial Grand Master of the Warwickshire Freemasons David Macey introduced the show in the morning, during which he welcomed the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines and the Lady Mayoress Kathleen Lines, presenting the Lord Mayor with a cheque for £500 towards his charities. He thanked everyone who had taken part in organising the event, in particular, TOA Taxis for arranging all of the transport; West Midlands Police for liaising with local schools, and ensuring the traffic flows; “Office Christmas” for providing the magnificent room decorations; the Staff and helpers from the Clarendon Suites and the schools attending; Father Christmas and his helpers, and the Birmingham South West Group Residents Association.

“The actors at Chaplins put on a wonderfully interactive show for the children who clearly enjoyed the experience and continued to talk about it excitedly on their journeys back to the schools. It was brilliant to work with Warwickshire Freemasons in supporting the local community and to see so many happy little faces.” Brian Lee, Secretary.


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