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'The Great Christmas Escape' puts people with learning disabilities centre stage

Christmas plays and pantos are being rehearsed in schools, church halls and theatres all over the region. The standard of acting ranges from talented professionals, to small children appearing on stage for the first time.

A community theatre company in Hampshire is putting people with learning disabilities centre stage.

The Great Christmas Escape is written and devised by the cast Credit: ITV Meridian

The Great Christmas Escape is written and devised by the cast.

It follows Robert who hates Christmas so he buys a ticket to Australia. But instead of a plane Robert ends up on a sleigh with Santa.

Hanger Farm Arts Centre is managed by Minstead Trust - a learning disabilities charity based across Hampshire and Wiltshire.

The vision of the Trust is to support people with learning disabilities to lead more independent and fulfilled lives.

Hanger Farm Arts Centre is managed by Minstead Trus Credit: ITV Meridian

Kerry Swain has been to meet the budding actors - during their final rehearsals.