TADS panto back to entertain

09:27 19 November 2012

The annual Topsham pantomime is set to take the stage once again, with the Topsham Amateur Dramatic Society (TADS) presenting The Sleeping Beauty.

The show will be onstage at Matthews Hall at 7.30pm every day between November 27 and December 1, with a matinée performance on the final day at 2.30pm.

After disagreements over the booking of the hall in previous years all parties are now working together amicably, and TADS has now purchased a new stage which can be taken down in just 20 minutes, making it easier for them to share the hall with the Saturday market.

TADS chairman Marlene Gardner, who has been putting on pantomimes in Topsham for more than 40 years, is looking forward to another successful production.

She said: “It’s a traditional pantomime, and it’s funny, hopefully for the right reasons. The music will be good, and there will be plenty of audience participation.

“We’ve got a new dame, and several people for whom it’s their first venture into doing panto, or in fact going on stage.

“What we’ve always done, and pride ourselves on, is putting people on the stage who would never have gone there otherwise, and then they’re a revelation.

“We always get good audiences and we’d like to thank the people over the years that have supported us. All we want now is for the people to come along again and have a laugh, because I think we could all do with a jolly good laugh.”

Appearing in the pantomime will be new dame Andy Northey, along with Latoyah Egerton as principal boy, Beth Howarth as principal girl, Janet Sayers and Paul Collenette as the idiots Bawl and Shout, Ross Treleaven as Tickles the jester, Megan Stagg as the fairy Azuriel, Carol Hawkins as Carabosse, Andy Linney as Fusspot the chamberlain, John Heywood as King Cedric, and Marlene herself as Queen Semolina.

This will be the last chance to see a TADS pantomime for two years, with the next one not scheduled until 2014 – but TADS is instead promising a special Christmas spectacular for next year.

Tickets for the pantomime cost £8 for adults and £4 for under-16s, and are available from Westaways in Fore Street.

TADS is still looking for volunteers to help out with off-stage roles at this year’s pantomime, and is also looking for singers to take part in a large musical concert in the spring, for which any singers “would be very welcome”.

For more information, call Marlene or Ros Gardner on 01392 873385.

0 comments

Other News Stories

49 minutes ago
Becky Thornton, pictured in Nepal with one of the people she helped through her volunteering.

A Woodbury teenager is raising funds for the victims of the Nepal earthquake, having been volunteering in the country when the disaster struck.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Bicton Street residents ensured their road looked blooming lovely for the South West in Bloom judges this week. Ref exe 4567-29-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Bicton Street has been turned into a blaze of colour after neighbours joined forces to enter South West in Bloom.

Read more
Fri, 16:30
Members of EDDC's Streetscene team investigating the sink hole on Exmouth beach

A permanent sign will be erected to warn people to stay away from the area of a sink hole which keeps reappearing on Exmouth beach.

Read more
Fri, 14:35
Exmouth Visitor's Guide 2015/2016

The free Exmouth Visitors’ Guide 2015/2016 has been released, and is now available at the town hall and Tourist Information Service.

Read more
Fri, 14:31
Martin Budd with his son Nathan will be joining around 25,000 other cyclists taking part in the 100 miles charity ride from the Olympic Park, out through Surrey and finishing on the Mall. Martin who celebrates his 50th birthday this weekend is riding for Sense while Nathan is raising moiney for CHSW. Ref exe 5892-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

An Exmouth father and son are preparing to emulate the heroes of London 2012 in a 100-mile charity cycle hallenge.

Read more
Fri, 14:10
Vote

People are being asked if they think changes should be made to the number of polling stations in Exmouth - and if they are the right places.

Read more
Fri, 12:55
Queens Drive Exmouth masterplan

District bosses have pledged to look ‘carefully’ at plans to build seafront flats just metres from where an ice-cream kiosk was washed into the sea.

Read more
Fri, 12:30
Robin Burne and Richard Greetham, pictured having completed their London to Paris cycle challenge.

A Budleigh estate agent is celebrating after completing a marathon charity cycle challenge.

Read more
Fri, 10:33
Bystock pond. By Geoff Martin

Bystock Pools beauty spot is on the cusp of being safeguarded for future generations, after a wildlife charity raised the £50,000 needed to buy the site.

Read more
Fri, 10:12

Fire crews were called out yesterday evening (Thursday) to a gorse fire at Orcombe Point.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition


Exmouth's trusted business finder