ASHDOWN PANTOMIMERS

Peter
   Pan

for 2024

WE ARE 

Ashdown Pantomimers, well known for its Forest Row Panto, is a non-profit making amateur dramatic group that welcomes participants of all ages.
The pantomime group was formed in 1988 from an idea by Ann Pavitt and Merle Joslin.
Merle donated £200 to get the group going and it has now been running for 30+ years and has performed Aladdin, Snow White, Goody Two Shoes, Red Riding Hood ad the Swan Princess, to name but a few.
Our new production for 2024 is Peter Pan by Tom Whalley. A pantomime for all the family.

PERFORMANCES 

Thursday 25th Jan 2024 - 6.45pm

Friday 26th Jan 2024 - 7.45pm

Saturday 27th Jan 2024 - 2.30pm & 7.45pm

Sunday 28th Jan 2024 - 11.30am

Doors (bar) open 45 minutes before the performances

 5% discount
on all tickets booked before 24th Dec 2023.

Use the code EARLY24 

(Cannot be used in conjunction to the Community Group booking discount)

TICKETS

Adults - £10.00

Concessions 60 & over / 18 & under - £6.00 

Family Ticket - £26.00

2 adults + 2 children under 18  (online only) 

(Online tickets available - No booking fee)

Buy in person at: 

Ziggy's Pet Supplies, Forest Row - 01342 822936


PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE - 

In the event that the show is sold out we will endeavour to resell them.

A message
from the Ashdown Panto crew

We are pleased to be bringing a family favourite, Peter Pan, to the stage in 2024.
Who doesn’t love Captain Hook and the Crocodile, Wendy and the Lost Boys and of course Peter Pan himself with Tinkerbell. Rehearsals have started and we have new members, lots of songs to sing along too. We really hope to see you all in January 2024.  We’ve kept all our ticket prices the same and tickets will are available now, so be an early bird and secure your seats ready to travel to the second star on the right and straight on ‘til morning.


Thank you to all of our audiences that came to see the Swan Princess last January.
We had a great time performing it. The audience reaction was amazing and we got some really great feedback on our Facebook page.

"Superb Panto!"

"What an amazing Performance – Was fantastic!"

"I’ve been coming for 20 years and this was one of the best I’ve ever seen!"


Review by Adam Border-Hill

'The opening was beautiful with a ballet performance to start the show, featuring Elena Loach and choreography by Sharon Oliver. There were great laughs with the two jesters, Chip and Chester, played by Leo Barker and Gracie Smith. Fairy Truelove was the good fairy played excellently by Ruby Reilly, always trying to get the better of Nigel Grace as the evil sorcerer (of course she wins in the end! This is panto after all) The Queen (Julie Reilly) was deliciously disdainful of everyone but especially her sweet but henpecked hubby played by Stephen Lancashire.

One of the standout moments was the swapping of the Swan Princess (Charlotte Carter-Johnson) for the Black Swan (Millie McMillan) It was brilliantly and effectively done. There were first-rate performances from the leads, Charlotte C-J and Jess Hannam as well as from Samantha Luke-Shergold as The Prince’s best friend. The chorus backing was extremely good, with fabulous songs and dances (even a dancing clock). And of course no panto is complete without a Dame, not any Dame but Shane Hannam as Griselda Pudding. Shane never fails to get the audience engaged, getting laughs and generally pulling it all together to give the audience a great show.

This show was directed by Gwen Pritchett and Co-directed by Leah Kauffman, supported by Shane Hannam and Gracie Smith with a special shout out to Peter Caruana as the musical director and the wardrobe department for the amazing costumes.


Extra Thanks

Productions can never happen without backstage people, you know who you are, music, choreography, lighting, stage management, costumes etc. Also thanks to our bar staff and front of house volunteers and all the other friends of the panto that go to making a performance possible.

And most of all to YOU, our audience. Hope to see you all in January 2024.


FAQ

WHO CAN JOIN?

Anyone aged between 12 and infinity.

DO I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO ACT DANCE OR SING?

It helps if you want main part! But we encourage participants for the chorus where a bit of singing and may be a bit of movement is required. We also welcome people who can help with costumes, backstage, props and set painting. For performance week we also like help with front of house and serving at the bar.

DO YOU CHARGE A MEMBERSHIP FEE?

To cover the cost of insurance subscriptions for the season are £10 for under 18 years and £20 for over 18 years.

WHEN DO YOU AUDITION?

Auditions are usually held in the first weeks of September.

WHEN ARE REHEARSALS?

Rehearsals start in October and are on a Wednesday evening between 8pm and 10 pm then in November this extends to Thursday evenings as well. We try to get the younger members of the company away by 9pm whenever possible. After Christmas when we are leading up to the performance there will also be some ad hoc Saturdays and Sundays.

HOW MANY PERFORMANCES DO YOU DO?

We do 5 performances : Thursday and Friday evenings , a matinee and evening performance on Saturday and then, an early 11.30am performance on Sunday.

FIND US

 Ashdown Pantomimers (home of Forest Row Panto)

Freshfield Hall, Lewes Rd, Forest Row RH18 5ES

CONTACT US

 Ashdown Pantomimers (home of Forest Row Panto)

Freshfield Hall, Lewes Rd, Forest Row RH18 5ES

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