From Screen to Stage, this December S4C actor Jay Worley will be stepping out as Jack in this year’s Jermin Productions Pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk which will be arriving at four theatres across South Wales. Jay will be treading the boards for 52 performances this Christmas and New Year and will be spending the festive period at home, here in Wales, with his family. Jay explains what its like swapping and shifting from stage to screen and back again.
Well what a whirlwind of a year this has been already.. I feel like Christmas has already begun in my little world. So, let me spill the magic beans and fill you in! So, this year I’m taking part in my first pantomime with Jermin Productions where I have the privilege of playing our lead, Jack, in our South/West Wales Tour. Usually I’m far away from the stage playing Jac (ironically) on S4C and Rondo Media’s ‘Rownd a Rownd’ but one tries not to stray too far away from the theatre, therefore I’m majorly excited to be embarking on a whole new flamboyant adventure where I’ll learn more about the style of performing that I loved as a child. That, in its essence, is the nature of this business that I love the most…
Being an actor, you’re able to become diverse in many styles of acting; whether that be on stage, from reciting a Shakespearean soliloquy to belting a Sondheim showstopper, or on screen where subtlety is key and holding in emotions tells more of a story. There is, of course, the unglamorous side of waking up at 5am for an early morning rehearsal or working until 3am on a late night shoot, but usually the reward from giving a little extra pays dividends.
So far, we’ve been promoting our panto non stop to the public, in association with our sponsors, which means we’ve given live performances at CK’s newest food store opening in Cockett, we attended and performed at Johnstown Carnival and Merlin’s Walk, as well as a number of appearances in Limitless Trampoline Park in Swansea. We’ve also been working in association with the South/West Wales Fire Service in delivering a grass fire safety message through a short panto performance to both English and Welsh language schools which has received fantastic feedback. And this year, as mentioned, we’re proud to announce that this years panto is turning Welsh for a few select performances which is exciting for both us and our audience as we’re trying to promote the Welsh language to those who may need an extra push to want to start learning.
The fact Jermin Productions are making their Pantomime bilingual really excites me as I would love for more youngsters to start speaking the Welsh language. I think this is the PERFECT way to start learning the language whether you’re a child or an adult, you can easily follow the story of this year’s Panto and may even find yourself learning the lingo during the performance!
What I’m most looking forward to, however, is being able to spend Christmas nearer my home and family in Tynant near Pontypridd, which I haven’t done for the last 4 years. It’s going to be amazing to be travelling all across South Wales and having my family support me in each fantastic venue. This year will definitely take me back to my childhood and I’m excited to experience a classic welsh Christmas.
Meet ME by watching my Meet The Cast Video Below:
Our panto this year is looking to be gathering a lot of excitement and I’m really looking forward to help make the Christmas’ of the families who intend to watch our show a little more special this year. Tickets are now available at all theatre box offices so get your tickets today! If you can’t wait until December to meet us why not come to one of our appearances? Follow our Facebook page to get all of the latest updates on where we will be popping up over the next few months!
Well that’s all from me, I’ve got a TALL list of things to do before our GIGANTIC Pantomime opens on 1st December. Let’s hope I meet you HIGH expectations and Pantomime tickets CLIMB to the top of your Christmas Lists!
All the Best,