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Theatre in Elgin and Moray: Panto season is back!

By Alistair Whitfield

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Elgin Town Hall is set to be transformed into Never Never Land when Peter Pan flies into Moray next week.

Lee Whitley (Peter Pan) and Robyn Lean (Wendy). Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Lee Whitley (Peter Pan) and Robyn Lean (Wendy). Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

After the sadness of having to cancel the show last year Elgin Amateur Dramatic Society are excited to be on the verge of performing it now.

The show's writer and director Amanda Craib said: "Peter Pan is one of my all-time favourite stories from when I was young.

"It's so much fun and has so much festive tradition behind it as well.

"Everyone has worked so hard to get to where we are now."

The cast has 44 members stretching right across the age range.

It includes some new faces as well as some very familiar ones.

Rehearsals have been taking place at both Borough Briggs and the town hall these past four months.

Amanda had to miss them this week because she's self-isolating.

However, she'll be back for this weekend's dress rehearsals and is confident all the cast are very well prepared.

Amanda Craib, the writer and director of Peter Pan.
Amanda Craib, the writer and director of Peter Pan.

Amanda who's a drama teacher at Buckie High and been a part of EADS for the past 30 years, said: "Going to a pantomime is the first time that many people ever step foot inside a theatre.

"It's the moment when they first fall in love with live performance.

"It was really strange not to have a panto last year.

"You spend so much time together in rehearsals that the cast becomes like a family – so we missed each other.

"On top of that, panto is my favourite type of theatre and Christmas is my favourite time of the year."

Performances of Peter Pan begin at 7.30pm from Wednesday, December 8, to Saturday, December 11.

There's also a matinee at 1.30pm on the Saturday.

Adults and children over 12 will need to wear masks.

Tickets from elgindrama.co.uk

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