Kin­dred spir­its

Cotswold Life - - COTSWOLD ARTS -

This year, Chel­tenham’s much loved panto is writ­ten and di­rected by none other than Blue Peter star and ac­tor Peter Dun­can. We just had to find out more…

Is this pro­duc­tion go­ing to be Aladdin as we know it, or can we look for­ward to some spe­cial Peter Dun­can flour­ishes?

There will be an spe­cial ef­fect magic car­pet ride in­volv­ing a young mem­ber of the au­di­ence, and Widow Twankey’s laun­dry has an Elon Musk feel to it – bonkers and cut­ting edge un­til it goes wrong!

We’re sure you’re aware that Tweedy is some­thing of a leg­end in these parts. Are you look­ing for­ward to work­ing with him, and are you ex­pect­ing him to be a bit of a hand­ful?

We are kin­dred spir­its and lost in the sprawl­ing mind of a naughty child. We will need some grown-ups to keep or­der.

What’s your favourite line from this pro­duc­tion?

“All I want is the lamp, and once that is in my pos­ses­sion, there’ll be no more cheap tricks for me. I will have true power. Ev­ery liv­ing be­ing will be un­der my con­trol. And there’s noth­ing you lot can do about it.”

…and is there a par­tic­u­larly corny joke we can look out for?

“Widow Twankey, what a plea­sure it is to gaze upon your beau­ti­ful vis­age. May I kiss your hand?”

“Why? Is my face dirty?”

As well as writ­ing and di­rect­ing, Peter, can we ex­pect to see you tread­ing the boards at The Every­man this time round?

I’m not in Aladdin I’m afraid, al­though I am play­ing a pan­tomime Dame in Lon­don in Jan­uary at the Park Theatre. I hope to ap­pear on stage at the Every­man again one day, though. Mil­lion Dol­lar Quar­tet was the last time I was here, and Bird­song be­fore that… I shall be think­ing about that on No­vem­ber 11 as it’s Ar­mistice Day.

Are you look­ing for­ward to an ex­tended pe­riod in Chel­tenham, and will you have time for any Cotswold out­ings?

I’ll be busy at re­hearsals un­til it opens and then back and forth un­til the fi­nal per­for­mance, so I won’t have much time to ex­plore un­for­tu­nately.

As­sum­ing you’ll get Christ­mas Day off – we cer­tainly hope so! – what would be the per­fect way of spend­ing it?

Fam­ily, log fire and an ob­scure for­eign film!

Peter Dun­can; Phil and Charles with Tweedy the Clown and Peter Dun­can on stage at the Every­man, Chel­tenham

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