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The Mob is back in town for Dick Whittington panto

You might have thought that panto season was behind you – but you’d be wrong, as the Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company is presenting a special Easter pantomime at the Corn Exchange.

Dick Whittington’s Greatest Adventure has three shows, on April 17 and 18.

It stars Jordan Winn as Dick Whittington and Mike Miles as Daisy Dumpling.

Also direct from the London Palladium, Norfolk’s very own Jamie John will be Queen Rat.

The Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company has been “making a difference to those who need a difference” since its founding in 2001.

Patrons now include Warwick Davis and it works with vulnerable people and those with special needs. But all are celebrated for the talent they display.

The company is proud to operate an open-door policy.

Jamie is currently putting the cast through their paces as the show comes together in rehearsals three times a week at the Fairstead Community Centre.

Jamie, who hails from Great Yarmouth, describes himself as the UK’s only dwarf drag artiste.

He has been a star of film, TV and the West End, most recently appearing with Julian Clary at the London Palladium.

He said: “I have been involved for about 10 years with Lavender Hill. This is the biggest cast that we have done a show with, about 50.

“We are all about inclusivity and is a long process but it has been going really well.”

Rehearsal for Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company's Easter Family Panto, Dick Whittington. ..Jordan Winn (Dick Whittington) and Gabby Short (Alice). (7911626)
Rehearsal for Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company's Easter Family Panto, Dick Whittington. ..Jordan Winn (Dick Whittington) and Gabby Short (Alice). (7911626)

The show features original music by Tim Rock and has the double whammy of two ‘Dames’ – a traditional dame in the shape of Daisy Dumpling and Jamie’s more modern take on a drag queen.

The panto has a 6.30pm show on Wednesday, April 17, and a 2.30pm matinee followed by a 6.30pm show on the Thursday.

One of the shows will be a “relaxed performance” said Jamie, suitable for people with autism.

But, whether loud or a little bit quieter, he promises it will still be laugh-out-loud funny! For tickets call the Alive Corn Exchange on 01553 764864.


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