Tangmere Players prepare for 25th anniversary pantomime

The Tangmere Players. Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131566-5
The Tangmere Players. Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131566-5

A PARISH chairman is hoping art does not mirror real life this Christmas – as he takes to the stage as Scrooge.

Andrew Irwin, of Tangmere Parish Council chairman, is the villain in the Tangmere Players’ annual Christmas pantomime.

The show marks 25 years since the group was first formed.

“What I find most amusing is that I find it so easy to get into character,” he said.

“I was perfectly selected for this, I’ve had plenty of experience on the parish council.”

Andrew’s daughter is also in the show and said it was a role he was born to play.

The Tangmere Players will perform a version of Charles Dickens’ celebrated work A Christmas Carol.

The first show is at 7.30pm on Friday, December 6, with the next performance the following afternoon at 2pm. The final show will be at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 7 at Tangmere village hall.

The pantomime is jointly directed by Glenda Ford and her niece Vicky Ford-Coates.

“It’s always difficult,” said Glenda. “We ask an awful lot of the cast because our rehearsal time is so short.

“We only have two hours on a Monday evening.

“We ask them to work really hard at home, learning their lines.”

There are around 30 people in the cast.

The adult players put on a play in May, with the younger actors staging a show in March.

“This is the one that brings them all together,” Glenda added.

Of the villainous chairman, she said: “I’m feeling very sorry for the parish council.

“It’s a big part, so he’s got to work very hard at it.

“I think he’s enjoying being miserly.”

Also featured in the show is Judy Simnett, who was one of the founding members 25 years ago, after she answered a newspaper advert.

For pantomime tickets call 01243 532672.