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Tracey Russell To Play a Highway Robber In This Year’s Pantomime

Coastweek-- The Coast Arts and Theatre Society is very proud to announce that this year’s Pantomime is the story of the legendary highway robber, Dick Turnip.

Pantomimes are great family entertainments which developed in England in the early 20th century and the first Dick Turpin Pantomime was performed in London at the Drury Lane Theatre in 1904.

Modern pantomimes include songs, slapstick comedy, dancing, gender crossing actors, topical humour with a story loosely based on a well known story.

Pantomimes are a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is encouraged to sing along with the songs, to boo the baddies, cheer the goodies and warn the actors if anyone sinister is behind them! 

Starring as Dick Turpin is the versatile and very talented Tracey Russell who is a teacher from Braeburn.

Dick’s love interest is the lovely Lady Caroline played by Aliya D’Silva.

Returning to the stage again this year is Aaron D’ Souza as the hilarious Dame Dollop and Becky Crossley as the lovable but hard done by, Billy Bumpkin.

Billy’s love interest is the milkmaid Katie Cuddlesome played by newcomer Sammy Upton.

Michael Flynn who was last year’s evil Black Hook is now Lord Lotaloot, Lady Caroline’s rich and doting father.

Erwin de Jong is the kind and loving Parson and two characters keeping everything under control are the policemen Nick and Nab played by Richard Neylan and Rumil Jayasinghe. 

As always there are two baddies to boo and they are Smash and Grab played by Charlotte Conway and Judi Stalter.

Jean Hughes and Philippe Zimmerlin are once again the directors of this pantomime and are working hard to bring yet another highly enjoyable and successful CATS production to the stage.

Dick Turpin will be taking place in The Alberto Hall at the ever popular La Veranda Restaurant.

The dates are: The panto starts on Saturday November 25th with a matinee performance for our younger audience at 4.00pm and then an evening performance also on the 25th at 7.30pm.  

The show continues from Tuesday November 28th until Friday December 1st with evening performances all at 7.30pm.

Christmas is a time for fun for all the family so what better way to start off the festivities than coming to see Dick Turpin.

Tickets are available from 2nd Act in the Krish Plaza from Monday November 13th.

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