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The show must go on! Theatre fire drill forces panto cast onto the streets

By StarRob  |  Posted: January 13, 2017

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Some of the cast of Robinson Crusoe pictured outside after the fire alarm at Ffwrnes.

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PIRATES and fairy queens are not the usual people you'd expect to see hanging around Llanelli's East Gate in the evening.

But that was exactly the case one evening this week, as the cast of Friendship Theatre Group unexpectedly found themselves out in the cold half way through a dress rehearsal - after Ffwrnes theatre was evacuated in a fire drill.

The cast were preparing for this year's show Robinson Crusoe when the alarms rang out – and they were forced to leave the building and congregate in East Gate.

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Diners at nearby restaurants like Nando's and The New Stepney looked on as the cast of this year's show, in full colourful costume, gathered outside waiting for the go-ahead to go back in on Wednesday night.

The unusual sight also caught the attention of people spending their evening at Odeon and Costa.

But, as they say in theatre, the show must go on.

The cast returned into the theatre after a short spell to complete their preparations for the show, which had saw its opening night take place last night.

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The Friendship Theatre Group is putting on 22 fun-filled shows this year – and will feature "swashbuckling action, damsels in distress, desert cannibals and comedy in abundance" to town, starring local panto hero Denny Twp.

After his stunning performance as Jean Valjean in the Performance Factory's production of Les Miserables, Ben Thomas will take on the role of Robinson Crusoe, while Ania Davies will take on the role of principle girl.

Lauren Williams, a newcomer to the group, will take on the role of Spirit of the Seas, while the panto baddie will this year be played by Llanelli actor Wynne Seaborne.

Returning for his record breaking 43rd panto in Llanelli is Alan Williams as Margarita Juicilita.

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Comedy will once again be in abundance, with panto favourite Denny Twp and the pairing of newcomer Daniel E James and regular funny man Sean Davies as Dopey Dan and Simple Sean making sure there is plenty of laughter.

Completing the cast in their own inimitable way will be Debbie Garratt, Mark Rees, Stephen McDermid, Luke Messaggiero and Gareth Griffiths, supported by Friendship dancers and Raie Copp Babes, choreographed by Melanie Sullivan.

Speaking ahead of panto, Denny said: "Our aim is always to maintain the standard we have set — we do always look to keep our show wholesome family entertainment at an affordable price."

The show is on until Tuesday January 24. For tickets, head to the Ffwrnes website or visit the box office.

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Robert Dalling

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  • southwales  |  January 13 2017, 3:57PM

    And this has made the news why? It was only a rehearsal - what a load of **** evening post - the show must go on - what show - the rehearsal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Talk about milking publicity. Pity EP didn't give the same level of support to all theatre productions in the West Wales region.

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