Summer Pirates at Weymouth!

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Opening on Monday 17th August!

Pirates of the Pavilion is coming to Nothe Fort Weymouth!

2 performances a night from 17th to 23rd August 2020.

Shows begin at 4:30pm & 7:30pm.

This is an outdoor production so please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, and dress for the weather!

In case of rain, please don’t bring umbrellas as they block sight-lines for other audience members. Ponchos and raincoats are just as fetching, so please wear these instead.

We’re so excited to bring a brand new ‘al fresco’ show to Weymouth this summer, starring all of your favourite familiar faces, along with a few surprises to boot!

The hilarious LIAM MELLOR returns for his fourth summer season in the role of Seadog Billy – expect side-splitting comedy antics and laughter by the bucketful…anything can happen…and it probably will!

ROBERT SQUIRE returns for his 6th year as the bumbling Captain Filibuster, along with Pirates of the Pavilion regulars TEGEN JONES (Spirit of the Seas), ISLA ROSE (Pirate Poppy) and Weymouth’s Own ALEX ROGAN as Dapper Dick!

PLUS we are delighted to announce that panto favourite GWYNFRYN WEST will make his Pirates of the Pavilion debut as the evil CAPTAIN BLACKHEAD who is set on stealing the loot from our plucky pirate crew!

The crew will also be joined for the first time by Captain Filibuster’s long-suffering wife MRS FILIBUSTER – played by the fabulous LUKE ATTWOOD, who beady-eyed panto fans will recognise as one of the Ugly Sisters from last year’s production of CINDERELLA!

Join our plucky pirate crew as they battle against the evil Captain Blackhead in search for the Lost Treasure of Nothe Fort!  With thrills, spills, surprises and social distancing…you won’t want to miss this year’s unique summer pantomime!

Will Seadog Billy beat the baddie to the loot? Will Captain Filibuster fall overboard? Will the Spirit of the Seas be able to use her magic outside of the Pavilion? There’s only one way to find out m’hearties!

Book your tickets at: https://bit.ly/2DRZVfv

DAVID MORTON

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David Morton as Ugly Sister- as painted by Judy Graham

DAVID MORTON

Here at IBY we were saddened to hear the news that David Morton has died. I met David at rehearsal rooms many times over the years, where he and usually Brian Godfrey would be rehearsing for “Cinderella” in one room, and Peter and I would be in another. He had a very long and fascinating career. Our thoughts and love to David’s family, friends and all who will miss him in Pantoland.

David Morton, Actor, Pantomime Dame and Ugly Sister had a career that encompassed plays, musicals, pantomimes and television, starting in the late 1950’s and continuing until his retirement in 2005.

He was known for his Panto partnership with Brian Godfrey for Paul Elliott’s E&B Company, and as Dame- especially Widow Twankey and Mother Goose, for Paul, performing Pantomime both in this country and in Canada. In fact he was one of the first artistes to appear in Saudi Arabia in a touring revue in 1959 alongside Barrie Gosney, who he appeared with frequently.

David appeared in revue with Barrie in 1960 and shortly afterwards went on tour with “The Fol De Rols” revue company for several years. The company included veteran Dame Jack Tripp, and Denny Willis. David met his wife, Barbara Robinson in a show and they toured together in the “Fols” until 1963.

In 1963-64 He played Chinese Policeman opposite Hugh Futcher in The Leatherhead Rep production of “Aladdin” which had John Crocker as Dame and Henry Magee and Alan Rothwell in the cast. His wife Barbara choreographed.

After a season in Stratford for Peter Hall he appeared in the Players Theatre Panto “Ali Baba” alongside Maria Charles, and toured extensively in Musicals- “Robert and Elizabeth”, “Hello Dolly” – as Cornelius with Dora Bryan as Dolly Levi, and in “Blandings Castle” with Jon Pertwee, Peggy Mount and Robertson Hare.

He played his first Dame role at The new Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead in 1969 as “Queen Coke” in “Sleeping Beauty”. The panto included Principal Boy and West End Star Patricia Michael and Stacey Gregg.

He followed this with a rep season at Leatherhead and appearing in the West End in “Trelawny” with Gemma Craven, Max Adrian and Joyce Carey. This cast included Betty Benfield who was to appear with David frequently in “Cinderella” in the coming years as Fairy Godmother.

In 1973 David appeared as Ugly Sister with Barrie Gosney in Wimbledon’s “Cinderella” alongside Television Magician David Nixon and Basil Brush, and the following year did his first “Sister” for Paul Elliott/Triumph in Toronto Canada. He returned in 1976 with the Paul Elliott “Jack & The Beanstalk” with Lionel Blair, Leon Green and Fiona Kennedy. Barrie Gosney played Dame.

 

The following year in 1978 David played “Sister” in “Cinderella” opposite Michael Sharville Martin and appeared with his wife, Barbara. The Panto starred Blue Peter’s John Noakes, Peter Purves and Bonnie Langford, and Ward Allan at Guildford.

David Toured for Paul Elliott and Mark Furness in “Oh Sir James!” starring Jimmy Edwards and Kenneth Connor with Eunice Black and Fiona Curzon.

In 1979 David and Michael played “Sisters” in this production at The Rex Wilmslow, directed by Carole Todd. The following year this E&B Production played Bath with the addition of Ben Warris.

David played Dame- Mother Goose in 1982 in a panto that starred Larry Grayson, Honor Blackman, Dilys Watling and Cheryl Taylor, and again as “Mother Goose” the next year at Cambridge alongside Brian Cant,

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In 1984 David played Widow Twankey at Manchester with Anneka Rice, Matthew Kelly and veteran comedian Tommy Trinder, and repeated his Dame role the following year at Wimbledon with Peter Davison and Sandra Dickinson. The panto cast included George Sewell and Edmund Hockeridge.

As Widow Twankey David appeared at Bournemouth in 1986 alongside Derek Griffiths as Abanazar, Anna Dawson, Anita Dobson as Principal Boy and the “Skeletons Alive!” speciality by Dumart & Denzer.

A season in “Run For Your Wife” at Bournemouth followed with Jan Hunt, Eric Sykes and Terry Scott, followed by Dame in “Aladdin” again at Richmond Theatre with Jeffrey Holland, Anita Dobson, Simon Groom and Janet Ellis in 1987.

David played Cilla Black’s mother in “Aladdin” at Wimbledon the following year, with Bob Carolgees (and Spit The Dog), Gareth Hunt and Katie Budd.

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In 1990 David appeared in the long running comedy “Pajama Tops” with John Inman, before heading to Plymouth to appear as Ugly Sister in The London Palladium Production of “Cinderella” with Des O’Connor, Peggy Mount and The Simmons Brothers.

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He toured in the comedy “Move Over Mrs Markham” with Debbie Watling, Mark Curry and Peter Dayson before playing “Sister” once more at Woking with Brian Godfrey. He was “Sister” to Brian for E&B Productions for several years. Woking featured Nyree Dawn Porter, Des O’Connor and Jodie Wilson.

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David and Brian joined Brian Conley at Southampton in 1993 as “Sisters” joined by Gloria Hunniford as Fairy Godmother, and Ann Sidney as Prince Charming., followed by playing Dame Trott in “Jack & The Beanstalk” at Bath with Britt Ekland, Lionel Blair and Michael Elphic.

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David was to rejoin Brian Godfrey the next year-1995 in “Cinderella” at Bournemouth with Les Dennis, Amanda Holden and Kathy Staff .

In 1997 David and Brian played “Sisters” with Danny La Rue as their Mother, The Baroness Voluptua at The Mayflower, Southampton. Brian Conley was Buttons. They repeated this again at Plymouth Theatre Royal.

 

In 2000 for Qdos David rejoined Brian Godfrey and Danny La Rue at Woking with Bobby Davro and Melinda Messenger in “Cinderella”, repeating the production the next year at Milton Keynes.

In 2002 David was opposite Simon Buttris as “Ugly Sister”for QDOS  with Danny La Rue and Dave Benson Philips, rejoining Brian Godfrey as “Sister” in 2003 in Aberdeen, once again with Danny La Rue and Bobby Davro.

In 2004-05 David made his last Pantomime appearance in “Snow White”for QDOS at The Theatre Royal Newcastle. The Pantomime starred Lesley Joseph as Wicked Queen, Peter Piper as Muddles and Kathryn Rooney as Snow White.

 

 

NIGEL ELLACOTT’S 45 YEARS OF PANTO!

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This year would be my 46th Year of Pantomimes- Every single year since 1974 up to the most recent Pantomime in 2019.

I’ve listed every Pantomime- and the cast and creatives that made it happen. From Playing Animals in Panto to teaming up with the incredible Peter Robbins- for twenty-eight years-with Both Paul Elliott and then Nick Thomas and Michael Harrison- to playing solo Dame .

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It’s a journey through Pantomimes and some of the amazing people I’ve met on the way. It starts at the beginning, so you can fast forward or pause as you wish!

Growing up in Swansea I was fortunate to spend a lot of time at The Swansea Grand Theatre.My Brother Vivyan was House Manager, and John Chilvers was the Administrator.As a child and as a teenager  I was able to watch many Swansea Grand pantomimes over the years from both auditorium and backstage.

The biggest Pantomime influence on me was Freddie Lees. Freddie often played Dame at “The Grand” and was comedy lead in the weekly Rep seasons at the time, Along with Jean Fergusson, Eleanor Thomas, and Vivienne Moore.

I was also fortunate to belong to” The Swansea Youth Theatre”  – some of the Grand’s Rep actors had started their careers with the SYT, and that was where I appeared in my very first Pantomime at the Llewellyn Hall. John Griffiths was in The Youth Theatre and I did a few Pantos with him.

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When I went to College to study Drama and English at Carmarthen, one of the projects I got involved in was a touring pantomime- “Dick Whittington” where at the age of eighteen I was Sarah The Cook, and I appeared in this with (now Doctor) Chris Abbott as part of the Drama course! The seeds were set.

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I already had my Provisional “Equity” card before I went to college, gained through  parts in television for HTV and BBC Wales, and through variety in clubs. A few months after finishing college in 1974 I auditioned for The Welsh Nation Opera & Drama Company, and got my first tour that led to the first “Panto” style season at Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre.- Enjoy!

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GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT

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Nigel Ellacott, Hilary Gilman, Patrick Salvadori, Richard Morse, Antony McDonald, Mathew Scurfield, Elspeth Walker

Directed by Elspeth Walker, Written by David Snodin. Music by Stephen Oliver. Designed by Iona Macleish.

The Welsh National Opera company created a Drama division, and this show, based on the Knights of The Round Table, was chosen to tour schools and centres, and played the Sherman Theatre straight after Christmas. We toured it for four months prior to the Sherman.

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Nigel as Sir Gawain

I played Sir Gawain, and the play had panto elements- A Villain- The Green Knight, who gets his head chopped off and keeps walking around, , a wicked Witch, a jester, King Arthur, a love interest, and a few woodland animals thrown in. The Music was by Stephen Oliver, a hugely talented composer who went on to write for major Opera Companies and the National Theatre. His 50 Operas, included “Timon Of Athens” and “The Duchess Of Malfi”.

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The tour carried on after the Sherman “Panto Style” production, through the spring.

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MADAM WEN

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Christine Pritchard, John Prior, Shirley King, Sarah Reynolds, Frank Lincoln, Eilian Wyn, Stewart Jones, Robin Griffith, Christopher Davies, Nigel Ellacott.

 Directed by David Lyn, Set Design Ken Leech, Chris Brown. Lighting Howell Watkins, Wardrobe Anne Fowler & Felicity Shepherd, Music by Nick McGeegan & Nigel Ellacott,

This was a swashbuckling Pirate story in Panto style, based on Welsh legend and the novel by W.D. Owen  about Einir Wyn who led a double life as the Lady Pirate Madam Wen (Wen is Welsh for “White”). She led a band of smugglers in North Wales, close to Puffin Island, Anglesey.

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This is how I came to be dressed as a Puffin accompanying myself on my Ukelele- no mean feat in flippers.or wings.. The star of our show was Christine Pritchard, one of Wales’s busiest actresses, with countless appearances in Television soaps and plays and theatre. Christine is my oldest Panto friend- we are still in touch and met up recently forty five years after this show played The Sherman Theatre Cardiff, and toured around Wales!

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Christine Pritchard

The highlights were writing songs for the show, playing Puffins, Pirates and anything else required, and a set that had “periactoids”. I’d never heard of the term- triangular Toblerone shaped pieces of scenery that spun around making three sets.

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A “Periactoid”

We had a locking “Quay” that joined them to make the Docks. Except for the Lyric Theatre Carmarthen when it didn’t lock, and Christine, Christopher and myself started to move unaided towards the audience and our Periactoids went INTO the audience. All part of the atmosphere! I loved the show and the company!

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Panto 1976-1977

Kenneth More Theatre Ilford

December 23rd 1976- January 22nd 1977

MOTHER GOOSE

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Terri Gardener, Michael Heath, Anna Lou & Maria, Jonathan Kiley, Eleanor Thomas, Gareth Armstrong, Robert Quarry, Gilly Daniels, Nigel Ellacott, Ludmila Nova.

 Directed by Vivyan Ellacott, Choreographed by Alma Rippon, and Tracey Hart. Musical Director Ted Heath, Percussion Terry Wyatt. Stage Manager Pat Nelder . (Costumes from Cyril Fletcher & Betty Astell).

Terri Gardener and Barri Chat were drag performers who teamed up as Ugly Sisters in Pantomime. After Barry’s death Terri continued as Dame- he first appeared in the revue “We’re In The Forces” in 1944, and lived locally. He played Mother Goose and his transformation in the pool of beauty was very glamorous!

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Anna Lou and Maria presented a magic act with a finale of coloured doves flying from the back of the auditorium , following the path of the Follow Spot into their outstretched arms!

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Michael Heath went on to play The Phantom of The Opera at Her Majesty’s, as well as other West End musicals- his Brother, Ted was our MD. Eleanor Thomas and Gareth Armstrong I had known since Youth Theatre days, and this was a rare foray into panto- they appeared in rep and in the West End.

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Terri Gardener, Nigel Ellacott, Eleanor Thomas, Jonathan Kiley, Michael Heath

Jonathan Kiley played “Colin”- that’s the traditional name of the Principal Boy in “Mother Goose”. Little did he or I know that forty three years later we would both still be working alongside each other- he is an executive Producer at Qdos Pantomimes, and has produced many of my Pantomime appearances in recent years.

I played Priscilla The Goose and a couple of other characters- I’m a waiter in the picture above and a strolling Minstrel in the one below!

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Nigel & Ukelele in the Village of Much Dawdling

Ludmila Nova played the Fairy. A very tall beautiful artist who had appeared frequently  in “Stars On Sunday” alongside Jess Yates. Ludmilla was a dancer and had been at the Palladium. Our Fairy turned out to be a real life Baroness-The Baroness Ludmila Von Falz-Fein. She was the daughter of The Russian  Baron Eduard Von Falz-fein, living in Liechtenstein, and Virginia (Gallico) Lady in waiting to the Monaco Royal Family. She worked in theatre –and in film with appearances in “The Slipper and The Rose” and “Black Joy” until she retired to marry two years after this Panto in Ilford! A real fairy-tale ending!

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Panto 1977-1978

Belgrade Theatre Coventry

December 15th 1977-January 28th 1978

MOTHER GOOSE

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Reg Dixon, Buster Skeggs, Ellis Jones, Carol Cleveland, Nigel Ellacott, Malcolm Reid, Colman O’ Doherty, Judy Riley, Robert Benfield, James Harvey, Pat Garrett, Shirley McGennity, Pauline Osborn, Lindsay Richards, The Belgrade Babes.

 Directed by Ed Thomason, Designed by Terry Parsons, Choreography Pauline Osborn, Musical Director Terry White, Lighting Paul Carter, Senior SM Ian Tunstall, Sound Peter Balint.

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Nigel Ellacott as Priscilla and Reg Dixon as Mother Goose

My agent Keith Salberg told me that I was unlikely to play comic in Panto as I was a bit too young, and comics in commercial pantos were names- but he said if I “Specialised” (I think doing a role not many people wanted to do!) I would always get work. Having played Goose at Ilford the year before- This Panto saw me in the Rolls Royce of Geese- designed by Terry Parsons, and created by master craftsman of puppets- Peter Pullen! He also told me “Rep” pantos paid better- their contracts were for 8 shows, commercial pantos 12- so you got overtime on the extra four shows a week plus- at the Belgrade- “In House” accommodation! Flats for performers within the theatre, highly subsidised! A Golden Egg indeed!

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Carole Cleveland as Fairy, Malcolm Reid as Demon and a brand new Terry Parson set and costumes. The Goose made by the very talented Peter Pullen.

Reg “Confidentally”Dixon was the star- His catchphrase was “I’ve been proper poorly” from his Variety Bandbox years on Radio, and a very big star of Stage- he replaced George Formby at The Palace Theatre London in 1952 in “Zip Goes A Million” and played for 18 months. Star of recordings “Confidentally” – his Theme song is here on YouTube: Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-ve_TgPx58

The pic accompanying the YouTube recording is from this panto. It was his fifth panto in his home town, and at that point his 30th. I was pretty much in awe, but not when he kept forgetting I was INSIDE the Goose, and kept hugging the gooses neck- underneath was me in a crash helmet affair strapped to my head. I had the wings attached to my elbows, the two cords working the eyes infront of my face, a duck call in my mouth, a vast feather and metal body – oh and tap shoes under the webbed feet! No wonder no-one else wanted the job!

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The glamour of Theatre!

 

Ellis Jones was know to TV viewers from “The Squirrels”, and played Hal in “Pardon My Genie” with Roy Barraclough and Hugh Paddick.

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Buster Skeggs as Colin

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My first experience of a Terry Parsons designed panto- Costumes and scenery drowning in feathers and glitter! Remained friends over the years with Carol Cleveland- Carol was the only female member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and was a stunning Fairy, and Malcolm Reid a Glorious Demon King. I remained in touch with Malcolm until he passed away this December (2019). I’m still in contact with Buster Skeggs. Our “Jill” Principal Girl Pat Garett became Choreographer in films such as “Little Shop Of Horrors”, The Muppet Movies for Henson and at The National Theatre, RSC and over fifty theatre credits.

 

 

 

 

PANTO 1978-79

Panto 1978-1979

Haymarket Theatre Leicester

December 21st 1978

MOTHER GOOSE

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Roy Macready, Stephen Price, Caro Gurney, Eddie Davies, David Oakley, Kalman Glass, Suzanne Kaye, Anita Pashley, Nigel Ellacott, Jean Morton, Russell Henderson, Robert Moore, Pauline Francis

  Directed by Alexander Dore, Music by Jo Stewart, Lyrics by Edna Dore, Choreographer Patrick McIntyre, Musical Director Ian Smith, Designer Terry Parsons, Lighting Chris Ellis, Sound Peter Balint, Company Stage Manager Soozie Copley, DSM Robert Lee-Corby, ASMs Judy Craymer & Dee Jones. The Orchestra: Ian Smith, Steve Sanders, Derek Hill, Andrew Barnwell, Ian Muncie, Dave Whitson.

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Nigel Ellacott & Roy Macready- Priscilla and Mother Goose

This pantomime was the scenery and costumes from the previous year,with a different script and music. Roy Macready (a firm favourite at the Haymarket) played Dame in very traditional “Dan Leno” style. I recall at some point Edna Dore took over directing from her husband. She was later to appear as Mo Butcher (Pat’s Mother) “Eastenders” .

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I became great friends with Suzanne Kaye in that show, and she gave me my “Honey Bear” mascot. Its been on my wall in every pantomime since. Suzanne is possibly my longest Pantomime friend!

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The panto was part of the Haymarket Rep season. The cast were also rehearsing and performing “My Fair Lady” that would play the season at the Haymarket,followed by a tour,  before transferring to The Adelphi in London. It starred Tony Britton and Dame Anna Neagle along with Liz Robertson. It was Choreographed by Gillian Lynn.

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A favourite Green Room moment. The door opened. The Dame looked in. “If anyone finds a gold parker pen with Dame Anna Neagle inscribed on it, it’s mine. “

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A great happy jolly panto, but it was time to hang up my wings, and take my agents advice. Do something no-one wants to do. Time to exchange feathers for fur!

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Panto 1979-1980

Redbridge Theatre Company

Kenneth More Theatre Ilford

December 19th 1979-January 26th 1980

PUSS IN BOOTS

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Freddie Lees, Nigel Ellacott, Rosemary Jenner, Brian Honeyball, James Curran, Robert Quarry, Gilly Daniels, Peter Dayson, Jonathan Caplan, Shealagh Dennis, Stephen Fletcher, Traci, Lyssa & Danni Elster.

 Directed by Vivyan Ellacott, Choreographed by Tracie Hart, Designer Amanda Fiske, Stage Manager Tony Bensusan & Les Groombridge, Costumes by Margaret Brice, Musical Director Laurence Payne, Lighting Stephen Crease.

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Freddie Lees & Nigel Ellacott

The Dame was the superb Freddie Lees. Growing up at The Swansea Grand Freddie was the Panto Dame many times, and guest artist in the rep seasons. This is the man who influenced me more than anything (apart from my Brother) to work in theatre and especially Pantomime. Freddie was all you could want from a Dame, traditional, funny and with perfect timing. I was so lucky to get to work with this amazing man who was also my friend.

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Gilly Daniels and Peter Dayson played Good and bad fairy and witch. I am still in touch with both of them, and Peter  directs and plays Dame in Panto each year. Stephen Fletcher became Stephen Fischer and along with Sally Ann Triplett appeared in West End Musicals and  were our entry in the 1982 Eurovision Contest.

I can remember one terrible Panto Joke that Freddie and I did onstage- He entered “wearing” a horse. What’s that I said “A Paloyorno” said Freddie. “Don’t you mean a Palomino?” Freddie: “Any Palayorno is a Palomino”. Here’s the scene photographed.

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Puss in Boots is a Panto that has now been neglected- the story-line is thin- The tale of A Millers Son who inherits an artful cat- the Cat passes him off as The Marquis Of Carabosse, and between them they defeat an Ogre. The next time the Kenneth More did this Panto Peter Thorne was Dame and David Ian (Now an International Producer) played The Miller’s Son who is traditionally called Colin!

 

Here’s My Brother Vivyan with Freddie and me celebrating the opening night!

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PANTO 1980-81

Panto 1980-1981

City Hall, St.Albans

December 22nd 1980- January 10th 1981

PUSS IN BOOTS

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David Williams, Nigel Ellacott, Hilary O’Neil, Gillian Hayes, Frank Seton, Beryl Vuolo, Michael Gordon, John Griffiths, Annette Farrant.

 Produced by David Capel-Jones, Directed by David Williams, Choreographed by Dallas North, Musical Director Ian Henry, Percussion Colin Badreck. Scenery, Costumes & properties Albermarle Of London. I provided my own “Puss” costumes- the crouching non verbal “Tizer” the cat ones, and the all talking singing Puss In Boots ones. With the magic of Margaret Bryce costuming me, I think Puss was pretty sparkly!

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This pantomime followed the previous “Puss In Boots” at The Kenneth More. Hilary O’Neil played the Marquis, and David Williams was comic. Oddly there was no Pantomime Dame.John Griffiths played a baddie, and I had known him since the days of the Swansea Youth Theatre. I still see John and Hilary to this day! They both pre-date me as an Ugly Sister!

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Hilary O’Neil as Colin, and me as Puss.

Hilary and I can recall the moment when a pyro was set off as the “double” cat was transformed into me as Puss, and the grassy bank we were both on caught fire! A scary moment for us both! I have a memory of Hils stamping on the bits of me that had ignited!

Hilary had a couple of speciality song and dance numbers, and we both fought a lion at one point- when the Ogre transformed.

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The part of King was played by Frank Seton. Frank was part of theatre history. He was the understudy who went on as “Old Mother Riley” when Arthur Lucan died in the wings before his entrance in “Old Mother Riley In Paris” at The Tivoli Theatre Hull in May 1952.  Frank told me of his experiences in rep, as part of the top Shakespearean touring companies, and his times with Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane. A lovely man. He and Beryl Vuolo were a diminutive King & Queen in the panto! It was lovely to costume Frank a year later at Ilford where he played Alderman Fitzwarren.

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I stayed locally and can remember how beautiful St Albans looked at Christmas, all the shops and street decorations. I made some good friends that season.

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My friend Tina Jones sent me this sketch she made of me as Puss.I love this illustration!

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