Pantomummers bring ‘A Lad In Bilton’ to the stage

Jonathan Patton as Shuu, Anthony Bright as Wishy Washy, Caitlin Hughes as Aladdin, Holly Smedley as Genie, and Kate Midgley as Dragon
Jonathan Patton as Shuu, Anthony Bright as Wishy Washy, Caitlin Hughes as Aladdin, Holly Smedley as Genie, and Kate Midgley as Dragon

Just when you thought the panto season was behind you, along come Bilton Pantomummers with a twist on one of the best loved tales.

The popular drama group will be taking to the stage this weekend with their latest production of Aladdin called A Lad In Bilton.

Since being formed as a millennium project to encourage the arts and promote community spirit in Bilton, the group has built up a big following for its pantos.

They are always written especially for the occasion but with a modern, family-friendly feel.

After a successful 2014, which saw them do three productions - a panto, a production of The Tempest at the RSC’s open-air stage and a special Remembrance presentation - the group has been hard at work since October getting ready for their first show of this year.

Writer and director Kevin Bright said: “Since the first time we read through the script, it’s amazing to see how the cast has turned words on a sheet of paper into a colourful, lively and fun show we hope people will love.

“We’ve got 34 people appearing on stage to act, dance or do both, aged eight upwards and, as always, everybody has a connection with Bilton so it really is a great celebration of the talent young - and a little bit older - in the area, all supported by an amazing backstage team.”

The performances take place at Crescent School, Bawnmore Road, Bilton CV22 7QH tomorrow, Friday, March 6 at 7.30pm; Saturday, March 7 at 3pm and at 7.30pm; and on Sunday, March 8 at 3pm.

Tickets are £5 adults and £3 children available from Bilton Post Office, Dudley Taylor Pharmacy in Bilton and Woodlands Post Office.