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Friday 11th January. Penultimate!

January 12, 2019


Our Last but one day! Two performances- both packed. The Matinee had 1,300 school children in- Hello Mr Arundel- I made your afternoon fun! The Evening packed to the rafters and a great Audience. This afternoon we had a visit from Mark Sherwood, Head of Production for Qdos. Great to see Mark again, and a brief catch-up. He is on his 23rd Panto today!


Nigel & Sylvia Blackler

A nostalgic day- Today I met up with Sylvia Blackler, in the Front Of House Cafe. Sylvia, along with Soozie Copley dressed Peter Robbins and me when we were last here in Plymouth Panto- in 2004/5. The Pantomime was “Cinderella” with Brian Conley as Buttons. It ran until January 22nd!

At that time it was Sylvia’s Twentieth Pantomime working at TRP. She had dressed The Best! Jack Tripp, Les Dawson, Danny La Rue Brian Godfrey and Jeffrey Holland!

Back in 2004 the wardrobe team had Cheryl and Donna who, if I recall dressed our Ensemble- the lads were Michael Laidler and Philip Dwzonkovich, Soozie and Sylvia dressed Peter and me as The Sisters, and Nicky was floating- a term used when you dress more than one person and move all over the place! Sean Neeham and Jody Crozier were Prince and Dandini, with Rachel Spry as Fairy. Rachel was here at TRP last season in “Peter Pan”.

Soozie I had worked with previously in the early 1970’s, when she Stage Managed a Leicester Haymarket Pantomime with scenery and costumes made by Terry Parsons- This current “Dick Whittington” set & Costumes (except my own) are all by Terry. Pantoland is a small world!

Sylvia’s son Chris was working here on stage for a good while, at TRP and her Grandson Tom Blackler was Stage Elex with us for the past three weeks. Here’s Tom with Andy & I at the Theatre.


Tom Blackler.

Now (thanks to Sylvia’s scrap book!) is a picture of Tom when I FIRST met him. In my Dressing Room in 2004. He’s not changed a scrap! Here he is with Sister Amy!


Amy, Peter Robbins, Myself & Tom

Here is a moment of nostalgia from those “Cinderella” days of fourteen Years Ago. Lovely to recall the memories Sylvia!

 Rachel Spry, and I’m wearing the same Finale!

Brian Conley, and a Dressers Night Out!

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And now, back to the future! Two shows remain, so the Company headed off to the pub behind the Theatre, and enjoyed a few drinks. Tomorrow will fly past in a flurry of packing and saying hasty farewells as we all depart for homes around the country. Tonight we said goodbye to one team of juviniles- The Red Team. An amazing set of young people. Total dedication and a joy to be on stage with them , and The same for the Blue Team!

Heres to Two Fabulous shows in Pantoland tomorrow!


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