Yes – it won’t be long before it is panto time again at the Blackmore Theatre. Rehearsals are already in full swing. In January, Exmouth Players will be treating us to the story of Dick Whittington written by Graham Barraclough and directed by Mary Mulcahy and Les Hunt.
Heading for London town to see if the streets really are paved with gold, Dick Whittington befriends the ‘cool’ cat, Tom. On reaching London, they both join Alderman Fitzwarren’s store, working alongside his kind hearted daughter, Alice, his cook, Sarah, and her daft son, Idle Jack.
When Master Marlin, a business partner of Alderman Fitzwarren steals some money from the shop, Dick is blamed and dismissed in disgrace. Dick joins the crew of Marlin’s ship on a voyage to the Barbary Coast, but Dick and his cat are persuaded to return and clear their names after hearing the call of Fairy Tinkle. Unfortunately, Dick’s plans are discovered by King Rat who makes sure that the voyage is not all plain sailing.
Will Dick ever clear his name and win Alice’s love back? Can the goodies thwart the dastardly deeds of King Rat and his army of ratlings? Will the Sultan really find his new Sultana? Come and find out for yourselves and join us for some family fun this coming Panto season. You’ll never see another one like it. Oh no you won’t.
DICK WHITTINGTON Annette Driver
THOMAS [his cat] Marcus Carson
SARAH [the cook] Mark Blaber
IDLE JACK Joel Foxon
ALDERMAN FITZWARREN Les Hunt
ALICE Katherine Lister
SPIKE MARLIN Nick Lawrence
MRS MARLENE MARLIN Hilary Watkins-Field
SHEIK ANVAC Brian Toye
YASMIN Lizzie Jackson/Sophie Christensen
MUSTAPHA Steve Driver
FAIRY TINKLE Sandy Worcester
KING RAT Tony Christopher
ABLE SEAMAN SPRATT Samuel Carson
OTHER SMALL PARTS/CHORUS Rhiannon Driver, Lee Haddow, Dot Taylor and Martin and Audrey Moore
SUPPORTED BY THE DANCERS OF EXE DANCE ARTS (seen below) Choreographed by Jo Sexton
Photo by Ian Whilden
Cast photos below:
Annette Driver as Dick Whittington and Marcus Carson as Thomas the Cat
Tony Christopher as King Rat and Sandy Worcester as Fairy Tinkle
Katherine Lister as Alice and Les Hunt as her father, Alderman Fitzwarren
Rhiannon Driver as Elf/Safety and Samuel Carson as Able Seaman Spratt
Mark Blaber as Pantomime Dame, Sarah the Cook
Nick Lawrence as Spike Marlin and Hilary Watkins-Field as Marlene Marlin
Joel Foxon as Idle Jack and, isn’t it that Dame again, Sarah the Cook?!!! Oh yes it is!!!!!!
Steve Driver as Mustapha and Brian Toye as Sheik Anvac
Cast of Dick Whittington
(Photos by Jenny Bowden)