Dastardly Bluebeard ahoy!

Published on: 21 Dec 2016

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A DRAMA group founded more than 45 years ago is preparing for its latest pantomime this month.

St Stephen’s Drama Group is presenting Bluebeard The Pantomime from January 26-28. Their version of the tale of the dastardly pirate is by Paul Reakes.

Producer Kate Kendell said: “I chose this particular pantomime as it’s really funny. When we were in the process of choosing what we wanted to do, the whole group were falling about laughing whilst reading this one and we feel that if it made us laugh like that then our audience will love it.”

One of the actors, Alice Hall, added: “It’s a very physical, slapstick version and we’ve been enjoying rehearsals loads, even if they are absolutely exhausting.”

The drama group was founded in 1971 by four church members. It stages two productions a year. The choices of plays have varied over the years, from musicals to serious dramas. It broadens our acting abilities and keeps things interesting.  Members love taking part in local community events and recently featured in the popular Christmas on the Hill parade dressed in full panto regalia. They also perform carols and sing-a-longs at various local venues. 

The group is family orientated, with generations of the same family coming along to rehearsals and getting involved in dance, set design, costumes and technical matters.Some young members have gone on to careers in the performing arts industry. The club also holds social occasions, trips to the theatre and visits to other amateur groups’ productions.

The evening performances begin at 7.30pm and there’s a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. 

Tickets are  available on 07944 158294 or via the club’s website.

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