It's time for panto again, oh, yes it is!
The Maltings' professional team is working full steam ahead to ensure it puts the wow factor into its Christmas pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.
All the panto essentials are there – the charming heroine in need of her prince, her sweet, but silly best friend, a terrifying wicked witch, and, of course, a glamorously-gowned dame, plus a few surprises, including a dragon called Dexter.
Join in the fun at Nanny Wishsticks Waltzing Wonderland, follow Sleeping Beauty’s search for her perfect prince, gasp when a long ago curse becomes reality, and root for Princess Flora and her search for true love’s kiss to wake her from a deep sleep.
Berwick-based writer/director Wendy Payn is keeping The Maltings’ successful Panto tradition going from strength to strength, inspired to new heights after the success of her production of Little Red Riding Hood in 2015.
She said: “I’m thrilled to be taking the reins again this year, telling a truly magical fairy tale for all the family – a total contrast to last year’s Little Red Riding Hood as this show’s a full-on fairytale, set in a magical world of fairies and princes.
“It’s also great to be offering opportunities to brilliant local professionals and showcasing just how much talent we have in our region.”
Euan Mciver follows up his hilarious Granny Tingle last year, playing Nanny Wishsticks. Based in Coldstream, he has worked in professional pantomime for 30 years.
Euan is supported by Katie Hindmarsh playing Sleeping Beauty. A star of the Maltings Youth Theatre since 2010 and a local favourite, Katie’s in her first year studying full-time at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh. She’s back after her pantomime debut last year.
Scott Watson (Prince Fergus) is from Troon in Ayrshire, and made his professional debut in Berwick last Christmas.
Local actor Ross Graham (Airy Fairy) has appeared in The Maltings pantomimes for the last six years, ensuring that jokes and plenty of laughs are a big part of the show.
John Stenhouse (handsome prince) originally from Reston in the Scottish Borders, is no stranger to the Maltings stage. He now works in London as an actor and director.
Wendy Payn is Eva the Diva, the evil witch who triggers the whole chain of thorny events by cursing the infant Princess Flora.
There are also two teams of talented Berwick youngsters, aged between eight and 16, providing the scene-stealing children’s ensembles – some will be very good, the Fairy Cakes, and some will be horrid, the Pixie Poppets.
After a week of schools-only performances, public performances start on Saturday, December 17 and run right through to December 30, at a range of times to suit everyone.
Family ticket deals are also available. Contact the box office on 01289 330999 to book your tickets or online at www.maltingsberwick.co.uk