Senior citizens and nursery pupils roared with delight yesterday after being treated to a private meet and greet with Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo in the comfort of their own home.
A special showing of the Fringe favourite was performed for the elderly residents at Renaissance Care’s Letham Park Nursing Home in Edinburgh.
The nursing home, which has strong links with local nursery Bonnington House Nursery, invited the three- and four-year olds along to enjoy the family friendly show with them.
As the biggest event in the calendar for Edinburgh, The Fringe welcomes visitors from across the world. The staff at Letham Park Care Home were keen to bring the buzz to the city’s oldest and youngest residents who would otherwise struggle to make it along to a show.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, an interactive and educational performance, allowed the audience to get up close and personal with an amazing array of prehistoric creatures to learn more about what they were like.
The nursing home has built strong connections with the local nursery and primary schools, with the children regularly visiting the home to spend time with the residents – something that has proved extremely beneficial for all.
Grace MacDonald, 74, said: “It was a wonderful afternoon and really nice to spend time watching a show with children from the nursery. The dinosaurs were very realistic and it was great to be able to enjoy the fringe from the comfort of our living room.”
Heather Smith, home manager of Renaissance Care’s Letham Park Nursing Home, said: “We’re always looking for new activities that will excite and engage the residents, and with everyone across the city heading to the Fringe, we wanted to bring a show into the home.
“Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo was the perfect fit and meant that the residents could enjoy the show with the local nursery pupils which was an extra treat. The residents love spending time with the children and it really lifts their mood.
“We’re thrilled that we were able to offer the residents the Fringe experience – they couldn’t believe their eyes and were excited to learn more about each of the dinosaurs.”