Brindle Players panto grows community talent

7th February 2020

Join Brindle Players in their 27th annual pantomime! This year they are venturing up a beanstalk in search of treasure when they ‘reach for the heights’ in Jack & Jill and The Beanstalk, a Spotlight Productions Pantomime by Craig Hewlett.

The seven performances hosted at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Hoghton will begin on Friday 14 February at 7.30pm and will run over both half term weekends with matinees on the Saturdays and Sunday. Tickets are £10 Adult / £7 Children / £30 Family of 2 Adults & 2 Children, and can be purchased online via www.ticketsource.co.uk/brindle-players

Dame Dolly Mixtures and her sons, Jack & Richard are struggling to make ends meet and save their home from the clutches of the miserly Sir Nicholas Nicholas and his horrible henchman. Jack soon realises he’s going to have to sell his last possession, Daisy the family ‘cow’, in order to raise the money for the rent. But when two con men trick him into handing over Daisy in return for some beans, he’s in real trouble with his mum and no closer to saving their home. Little does Jack know that a magical fairy is keeping a watchful eye to ensure Jack climbs the beanstalk, finds his treasure, slays the giant and saves the girl!

It’s a fun-filled musical adventure suitable for all the family from ages 5 upwards, jam-packed with songs to suit all musical tastes and get audiences up and dancing in the aisles.

The pantomime group was originally created to link up local church groups in the Brindle, Gregson Lane and Hoghton area but the reputation of the company and their high standard of production has seen them draw involvement from much further afield. 

Brindle Players Director, Lyndsey Wilson explains: “A Brindle Players production is a real community celebration with children and adults drawn from all over the area working together to create the show. The cast and production team come from Blackburn, Croston, Chorley and Preston as well as closer to our theatrical home at St Joseph’s.”

She added: “We work really hard to offer anyone of any age the opportunity to learn new skills, have a go and develop their passion. This year that means we have an Assistant Director who is 14 and principal cast members who are 10 performing alongside others in their late forties. The young people in Brindle Players are vital to the future of our group. Every minute we invest in them – offering them our expertise or the opportunity to show us what they can do – extends the legacy of our company.”

The Valentine’s Day premiere of the show sees leading principal boy, Katie Hardman, in her 13th annual Brindle Players production and celebrating her 21st birthday on stage. Last year, Katie spent her 20th birthday as Director of The Wizard Of Oz pantomime. This year, not only is she playing the lead role but she has also designed and painted the scenery whilst embarking on a three year teacher training course. She added: “I couldn’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be celebrating my 21st than surrounded by my panto family, doing something I love. Brindle Players has offered me so many opportunities to be creative and now I get to pass on those skills to the group and the children I’ll go on to teach.”

For more information about the show or Brindle Players email brindleplayers@gmail.com.