A group of Belfast-based accountants are set to add some Christmas magic by staging the pantomime Aladdin to raise money for charity.

The big-hearted staff of BDO Northern Ireland will be leaving the boardroom behind to tread the boards at the MAC in a bid to raise funds for its charity of the year, the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

Two shows will take place on Saturday, November 14 – in the afternoon and evening. The first of its kind organised by BDO NI, it will feature the firm’s employees branching out and showing their creative flare and will also include a cameo by mentalist David Meade.

With a drinks reception, charity raffle and plenty of surprises accompanying the main show, all proceeds and ticket prices will go towards Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

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James Huish, Belfast School of Performing Arts Director, who is directing the panto for BDO with Aladdin cast members Anthony Duffy and Catherine Devine and special guest David Meade.

 

BDO Partner and Head of CSR, Carol Malcolmson, said the magical panto would be a chance to dispel the myth that accountants are dull.

She said: “Every year at BDO we try to dream up something challenging, quirky, and even dangerous with a view to getting whole firm participation and raise funds for our chosen charity.  Rehearsals have been going really well and it is hoped that family, friends and clients will support this very worthy cause. At the same time, this will allow us at BDO to showcase our hidden talent. Whoever said accountants are boring!”

Ellen Hillen, Corporate Fundraising Manager at the Northern Ireland Hospice, added: “This unique fundraising event is something we at Hospice are looking forward  to. It is so inspiring when our supporters step outside the box and take up a new challenge. Let’s hope the Genie’s lamp brings the team good fortune and success and that many local children will benefit from the money raised.”

Tickets for the performances are available here

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