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My first Theatrical Who Spot of 2015 is John Challis, who has been appearing as Fleshcreep in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth this Christmas and New Year. To many he will always be Boycie from ‘Only Fools and Horses’, but to the world of Doctor Who fans he is better known … Continue reading John Challis in Jack and the Beanstalk – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

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1) The relocation of the joke about the pearl necklace. 2) Not falling over the piece of scenery in the wings for the first time since opening night. 3) Hitting Nick Heath with the fly swat. 4) Standing with the chorus in ‘For Your Eyes Only’ – but was I there before the curtain closed? … Continue reading Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin: The Fourth Matinee

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1) The arrival of the noodle hat*. 2) The techies complaining that they never feature in the post-show highlights, despite clearly having been referenced in some form every time. 3) The “Empress is a turd” joke finally getting a laugh. 4) Jabbing Breagha in the scalp with sunglasses at the end of ‘Shine’. 5) The … Continue reading Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin: The Third Matinee

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1) A fine motivational speech from the master of encouragement, Mr Iain Douglas, delivered during the warm up. 2) Coming face to face with an over-enthusiastic smoke machine. 3) Catching Wong’s hat during “Life is a Happy Song” and popping it back on his head. 4) Miming a song from Frozen across the wings with … Continue reading Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin: The Second Matinee

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1) Collecting my microphone to find the Bobble Fairy had visited and made sure I would sound lovely all night. 2) Staring at Johnny Johnny John John John during the Kow-Towing scene. 3) “Lice and flies?” “Lice and flies.” “Rice and fries.” We pick it up and we run with it. 4) Discovering I … Continue reading Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin: The Second Evening Show

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1) Having to swallow a mouth of saliva whilst holding a freeze with Robert Fitzgerald. I think we were closer to sniggering. 2) Wearing the best fitting trousers in the history of trouser suits thanks to the wonderful Georgena Pole, allowing me the full use of two hands on stage! 3) Watching Colin and Rae … Continue reading Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin: The First Evening Show

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It’s my second year as Dame for Paignton Pantomime Productions, and this year I have cheerfully played Widow Twankey. As ever, the beautiful photographs that accompany these posts are taken by Brian Tilley. Here is a blow by blow account of my personal panto highlights: 1) New shoes all gold and sparkly thanks to Elaine … Continue reading Paignton Pantomime Productions’ Aladdin – The First Matinee

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When I booked my seat for ‘The Man Jesus’, I can’t claim to have been feeling particularly Jesussy. To be honest, I haven’t been very Jesussy for a number of years. Having said that, I did have a scamper through Colm Tóibín’s ‘The Testament of Mary‘ at the start of the year. In a sense, […]

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The Little Theatre, Torquay,  maintains the tradition of having the most impressive sets locally for this week’s Alan Ayckbourn comedy ‘Neighbourhood Watch’. Designed by the production’s director, John Miles, the living room of brother and sister Martin and Hilda Massie is on a lovely angle that more than hints at a world beyond the boundaries of the […]

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The new season opened for SADS with Sue Townsend comedy, ‘Bazaar and Rummage’, directed by Linda Dilley. At £6 per ticket, they remain the cheapest amateur theatre locally. Running from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 October 2014, this production brought the inside of a church hall to St John’s Church Hall, Torquay. In all honesty, I […]

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A nice piece of rebranding from Bijou Theatre Productions makes this my first review of a ‘Non-Professional Production’ – as the Palace Theatre, Paignton sees Ronald Harwood’s ‘Quartet’ staged between Wednesday 8 and Saturday 11 October 2014. Directed by Ruth Bettesworth and picking from the best of local talent, the production team make it look […]

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