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First Days, New Friends and a perfect Welsh Christmas!

Well, how exciting is this? Since first hearing that I have been cast as Dick Whittington, I’ve been doing interviews, photoshoots, attending cast appearances and now I’m even writing a blog! (I think it’s safe to say I have never done this but.. here we go!) Firstly I am extremely excited to be back on welsh soil for the festive period, there is nothing more magical about christmas than being at home with your friends and family. For the last four years I have been away from home training in Liverpool and then making the big move to the old smoke itself where I have been auditioning and working professionally. Believe me, I was absolutely delighted to bag a job back at home, I didn’t take a moment to think about the decision and accepted the offer straight away! Since then it’s been a bit of a whirlwind! (To say the least)

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity of attending my first cast appearance, although I have been training and working for the last couple of years, I didn’t really know what to expect. It was exactly like my first day at school or university… You’re so excited but incredibly nervous about meeting your peers or cast mates. Luckily for me there was absolutely nothing to worry about! I arrived at the Ty Hafan Rainbow Race (my first promotional event) all anxious and nervous for what the team would have in store for me. I was trying to spot the Pantomime cast (Safe to say that was the easiest part!) It’s not often you have a dame, a princess and a fairy blending in to the background.

After meeting the cast and introducing ourselves it became very clear to me just how small Wales is, turns out the majority of us were connected in some way. I did a show with you, I met your brother at an audition once, did you attend that summer workshop? Clearly my nerves were wasted on meeting people that I already knew in some way or another. I am definitely looking forward to working and living with the cast, I can tell already that this is going to be one of the funniest and most enjoyable productions to date. We are so similar yet all bring something different to the mix!

The event was fantastic, It was great to have professional character shots taken straight away and also film some fun videos for Facebook. It all seemed so real! My favourite part of the day was having the opportunity to join in with the Rainbow Run. We were the red station (or the party station as we liked to call ourselves!) And its fair to say that we used the paint the quickest, before long we had every colour you could imagine because we had to borrow some from the other stations. It was incredibly fun, and messy, and hilarious, and messy (did I mention messy?)

We arrived at the event immaculate and groomed and left looking like we had been dipped in a pot of paint, with no change of clothes we were left hopping on the train as we were. I lost count of the amount of people that watched me with confused faces, I don’t blame them at all, I looked crazy!!

All in all it was a fantastic first experience and definitely gave me a sneak peak of what’s in store for me this Christmas! I am looking forward to attending the next big event which will be Halloween at Merlin’s Walk, being a HUGE fan of this spooky holiday I’m definitely looking to go all out this October and will get everyone shouting ‘IT’S BEHIND YOU!’.

I will definitely be seeing you all on Saturday 29th October at Merlin’s Walk!

Miles Braithwaite

(Dick Whittington)

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