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I’ll go to the foot of our Pagoda!

July 21, 2011

Yes, I’m heading for Twankey’s Laundry on the street of a thousand nappies in Llandudno!

Delighted to be returning to my Welsh roots- they needed a touch-up- and to be at the big and beautiful Venue Cymru for the “Aladdin” season with Jason Gardiner and Llandudno’s favourite John Evans.

Jason and I go way back- well, to “This Morning” last Christmas when I showed him the delights of a Dame’s wardrobe for the TV show on his visit to Pantoland- I guess that’s what gave him the inspiration to don the glitz and scare everyone as the evil Abanazar – who can resist the magic that is panto eh?

There’s a good few months until then- its hard to believe it’ll be wet, cold and… oh hang about that’s just me looking out of the window now! I’m still living the dream that is Pantomime during these Summer months.

I’ve just finished two panto scripts that will be performed in a week’s time at Thornwick Holiday Park in Yorkshire- looking forward to seeing “Aladdin” and a “Crusoe” performed by Phil Beck and company- the shows will play through until the autumn, and working on panto style projects with Ian Sandy.

Summer Panto isn’t anything new- I once spent nearly twenty weeks in “Snow White” in Summer Season at the Gaiety Theatre Rhyl a good few years ago, and used to make frequent visits to Llandudno to see the Summer season shows. Before that I had a the wonderful experience of touring Wales, North and South as a member of Theatr Yr Ymylon and later with the Welsh Drama Company- So i’m looking forward to Venue Cymru, and afternoon tea at the Empire Hotel near the Orme!

For the next few months I’m designing the costumes for The Kenneth More’s “Jack & The Beanstalk”- heading off down the Goldhawk Road today in fact, to buy some fabrics for the chorus. Next week I’ll start  sending that fabric off to the makers. The first half ends with a chorus of glittery insects at the foot of the beanstalk, so I’m having a great time sourcing sequins, and drawing butterflies and the odd ladybird!

The Panto roadshow bookings are coming in thick and fast, so the Autumn will also be spent in Pantoland alongside Andrew Ryan and Nathan Daniel as we take the Roadshow to The London Borough of Redbridge for two weeks, followed by Glasgow (on behalf of the SECC) and Bradford (On behalf of The Alhambra Theatre) before rehearsals begin for Llandudno. Yes, Panto is definately not just for Christmas!

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  1. Terry Powell permalink

    Material to the right of it, material to the left of it; where would we be without the Goldhawk Road?
    Used to be the HQ of the British Arts; how I remember those long walks from the tube station as a spring chicken to discuss the next Young Stage Spectacular with the late great Lillian Rowley.

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