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Nadine Dorries
Romeo and Juliet
Posted Wednesday, 14 April 2010 at 14:29

Four years ago I organised a day out at Woburn Safari Park for the children in my constituency who are disabled and have complex special needs. It was a great day and since then I have taken an active interest in the problems parents with disabled children have to face on a daily basis.

On Saturday, I was invited by a living saint, Jane Howard-White, to see a production of Romeo and Juliet performed by 26 children from across Bedfordshire who have conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Downs and other complications.

The children were accompanied by 26 carers and assisted by the Bedford Full House Theatre Group, who I have to say were totally amazing both in the professional manner they produced the play and in the compassion, understanding, patience and care they displayed towards the children.

One of the main players from Full House carried one of the children in his arms all the way through the play only transferring her back to her wheelchair occasionally- he did this whilst acting, prompting the other children with their lines and keeping around 60 people co-ordinated.

At one point there was hardly a dry eye in the place. These children know no malice, unlike many involved in the world of politics. They are all, without exception, innocent and willing beyond belief to make you happy.

The pleasure with which they lapped up the applause and the sheer joy on their faces was what brought out the tissues for me.

I was thrilled to award them all with a prize at the end of the performance and the photographs are of Juliete and Romeo, Oscar winning performances for both.

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