Stage is set for a per­fect panto

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YOU know the tale - but you don’t know the All Souls ver­sion. Bag­ging award af­ter award, the All Souls Dra­matic Club knows how to deal with the pres­sure of suc­cess – just keep top­ping it.

Each of its fa­mous pan­tomimes is big­ger and bet­ter than the last, and each year the pres­sure mounts, but direc­tor Cliff Gilles takes it in his stride and uses the en­ergy to cre­ate show-stop­ping per­for­mances which never fail to im­press.

Hit­ting The Atkin­son this Thurs­day ( Jan­uary 12), All Soul­sClub will be bring­ing its ‘vis­ually stun­ning’ take on Sleep­ing Beauty to South­port.

As ever, tick­ets are sell­ing like hot cakes, with some per­for­mances al­ready sold out.

As the club reaches its fi­nal re­hearsals, Cliff Gilles says the team is rar­ing to go and pro­duc­tion is go­ing well.

From a nine-month-old baby to an 85-year-old, Sleep­ing Beauty has an in­cred­i­bly in­clu­sive range of per­form­ers, and all of them are buzzing to per­form.

Com­bin­ing el­e­ments of both clas­sic panto and the All Souls’ in­ven­tive and ex­per­i­men­tal tech­niques, Sleep­ing Beauty is set to be an­other great fairy­tale with a twist.

Mr Gilles is giv­ing lit­tle away, but the au­di­ence can ex­pect some­thing more akin to a spec­tac­u­lar mu­sic con­cert, rather than a lit­tle lo­cal pan­tomime.

The com­pany is plan­ning on top­ping the snow that fell in the the­atre dur­ing its pro­duc­tion of Snow White, and the char­ac­ters who flew across the stage in Peter Pan.

There’s an even big­ger card up Mr Gilles’ sleeve, and you’ll have to see the pro­duc­tion to find out what it is.

The team has im­ported an in­cred­i­ble se­lec­tion of light­ing and tech to en­hance the show, as well as keep­ing the hu­mour and wit that au­di­ences have grown to adore.

As Mr Gilles says, there is a fan­tas­tic pan­tomime scene in South­port and the All Souls couldn’t thank The Atkin­son staff enough for their help in the pro­duc­tions.

Sleep­ing Beauty will be run­ning at The Atkin­son from to­day, Thurs­day Jan­uary 12, un­til Jan­uary 22, 2017.

The show is pre­dicted to be an­other un­miss­able night, so don’t hang around, se­cure your tick­ets now via phone on 01704 533333, on­line on www. the­atkin­ or visit the box of­fice on Lord Street - tick­ets start from £10.

The All Souls Dra­matic Club cast of Sleep­ing Beauty is all set to stage an­other un­for­get­table panto

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