This week, we’re putting in the hours to get Jack and the Beanstalk just right for audiences at Pecorama and Connaught Gardens. There’s not long left to go, so here’s a little more about our fabulous cast!
Joe has always had a passion for prancing around on stage so he thought this opportunity to dress up in tights was too good to miss! He has taken part in many productions throughout recent years, most recently The Gathering, his first professional work. He is currently auditioning for drama school (literally two days before opening night!) and attempting to start a new chapter in his acting career. He left The Woodroffe school last year, having just staggered through Classics, English Literature and Drama at A-level. He spent most of his school years in the drama department playing Bugsy in Bugsy Malone, Vince Fontaine in Grease and Orin the dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, (the most fun he’s ever had on stage).
Alex has taken part extensively in amateur theatre across East Devon and Exeter as a performer, director and producer. He’s thrilled to be playing Tilly Trott alongside some great friends he’s made across various productions in the local area. Previous pantomime roles include: Widow Twankey, Aladdin (The Beehive, 2017), Mrs. Smee, Peter Pan (The Beehive, 2016), The Sheriff of Nottingham, Babes in the Wood (Honiton Pantomime, 2012), Squire Monday, Cinderella (Honiton Pantomime, 2010), Blind Puke, Treasure Island (Honiton Pantomime, 2009), Boy Blue, Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe (Honiton Pantomime, 2008) Other roles include: She Loves Me (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Jean Valjean, Les Misérables (Exeter Northcott Theatre, 2014), Galileo, We Will Rock You (Honiton, 2013), Raoul, The Phantom of the Opera (Stage Studios, 2013).
Maya has recently taken to the stage with local theatre groups in Bridport and Lyme Regis and has enjoyed the experience of working in a series of successful productions including The Tempest of Lyme (Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 2016) and Monmouth: The Westcountry Rebellion (Burnt Out Theatre, 2017). This is her first performance in pantomime and she has the unusual chance to play both ends of the panto cow! She also sings with a number of choirs including the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus who’ve just been on tour in India and is a published writer of prose, poetry and a play.
Kayley moved from South Africa to England several years ago. Since then, she’s been involved in many productions both at school and with Honiton Community Theatre Company. Previous roles with HCTC include; the title role in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (2018), Boylan Sister, Annie (2017), A Night at the Musicals (2017), Princess Jasmine (Aladdin, 2017) and for Honiton Community College: Maria, The Sound of Music, Fantine, Les Misérables.
Georgia studied drama and dance at A-Level. After a brief hiatus from acting, she rediscovered her love of performance in Burnt Out Theatre’s production of Monmouth: The West Country Rebellion where she was cast as one of the leading roles, Alice Hawkier. The show toured the South West in the winter of 2017. Previous Theatre includes; Lion, The Wizard of Oz, The Woodroffe School (2009), Khashoggi, We Will Rock You, The Woodroffe School (2011), Alice Hawkier, Monmouth: The West Country Rebellion, Burnt Out Theatre (2017). Film/Television roles include; 10 Minute Tales: The Walkers, Endor Productions (2009), Britain’s Best Walks with Julia Bradbury, Outdoor Productions (2017), Grace/Gemma/Greta, Tax and the Family Information Video (2018). Additional experience; Costume Department, Emperor and Galilean
(National Theatre, 2011). In her spare time Georgia volunteers as a crew member for the Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat.
David is delighted to be making his return to the English stage in the role of Lord Fleshcreep. Having trained as an engineer and worked at IBM it seemed a logical next step to go to drama school and become an actor. During this time he toured in a double decker bus, worked at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Newcastle Live, Stratford East and toured throughout the country and beyond. He was also a founder member of an actors agency. David then took a career change and moved down to the south west where he has been a teacher and pastoral head in a school in Taunton. Having recently retired from teaching he was keen to embrace new challenges and snapped up the opportunity to do some panto and tread the boards with his son, Joe. David is also in ‘Area 52’, a 10 piece soul and function band.
Nick is relatively new to theatre having recently starred as the Duke of Monmouth in Burnt Out Theatre’s hit production of Monmouth: The Westcountry Rebellion. Naturally, having performed in an important historical piece as his stage debut, he decided to turn his hand to panto. While you might not spot Nick on stage, his voice will boom around you in the space.
Script by Jack Northcott