Oh Yes It Is! Panto’s Back
The Torch Theatre Company is bringing live pantomime back to the stage in Pembrokeshire this December with its reimagining of the classic tale of Cinderella. Fun, adventure and laugh-out-loud moments are promised in this “perfect family treat”.
Directed by Torch’s award-winning director Peter Doran, this year’s production sees some familiar faces return among an array of local Welsh actors. Pembrokeshire’s “favourite dame”, Dion Davies, returns as one of the Ugly Sisters, and the much-loved comedian and actor Dave Ainsworth takes on the role of the Baron Hardup. The duo star alongside Haverfordwest-based actor and singer/songwriter Rosey Cale who plays Cinderella.
The production also welcomes back James Mack who plays the other sister, and Miriam O’Brien returns to the Torch as Dandini.
Making their Torch debuts are Milford Haven-based actor and former Torch Youth Theatre member Samuel Freeman who plays the Prince, Carmarthenshire’s Gareth Howard as Buttons, and Amelia Ryan who will play the Fairy. Amelia has recently graduated from the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.
The Torch Theatre Company has been producing Christmas shows for over 40 years. For many in the local community the Torch panto is a festive family event with many people booking over six months in advance for front-row seats.
Executive director Benjamin Lloyd said: “We are thrilled to be safely welcoming our community back through the doors of the Torch with the perfect opportunity to come together again in celebration after such a torrid time apart.”
Tickets are said to be selling fast. Cinderella runs from Thursday 16 to Friday 31 December, including a BSL-interpreted performance (interpreter Liz May) on Thursday 16 December. Tickets can be booked on 01646 695267 or by visiting https://www.torchtheatre.co.uk/cinderella/