Panto has arrived, and don’t we know it! In the space of one week we have received our script, attended two christmas parades, had our first rehearsal and already had our final costume fitting… It has been such a whirlwind and I think it’s going to be like this until opening night at The lyric Theatre, the rat race has begun!
I must admit that Pantomime is completely different to anything I have ever done before, I have always loved watching a Christmas Pantomime with my family but never considered being in one… I don’t think I could pull off the wig and dame heels if I’m honest, but King Rat? I think I could make that work! When Mark and Nia first got in touch I loved the idea of being home for Christmas but also knew that I needed to challenge and push myself. With a few nerves I attended our first rehearsal which was extremely full on! We blocked the whole of Act 1 in one day which took me by surprise but filled me with confidence that this really is a professional Pantomime. The cast are extremely talented, this year the Pantomime really is high quality entertainment and already I’m proud to put my name on it.
I moved back to South Wales last week ready for our busy November full of rehearsals and appearances including our next Christmas Light Switch on in Carmarthen on Saturday 19th November. I love being back in Wales with my friends and family and love the fact that they get to see me as a Pantomime villain.
Being the Pantomime villain isn’t all bad. Of course it means you’re not always the favourite one or the funny one or even the man in the dress (which I am glad of) but it means that I get to have a lot more fun with the audience! Each audience is different so I like testing the water to see how the children are going to react. From visiting schools I’ve learnt that some children can’t wait to have a photo or a hi five with me but others can’t wait for me to leave… I suppose a rat isn’t the nicest Pantomime character is it? But I suppose if the audience think I’m truly evil then I’m doing my job right!
I’ve been practicing and perfecting my evil laugh and I’m ready to be boo’ed and hiss’ed all through my Christmas (I’ve had warmer, festive welcomes before!). I’m looking forward to taking to the Carmarthen Streets this month in a number of events, come along and meet King Rat, the big cheese of Carmarthen!
Tickets are now on sale at The Lyric Theatre Box Office (0845 226 3510) Be sure to ask about our group discounts which are available for each performance!