Honiton charity to benefit from Easter pantomime

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:29 06 April 2018

The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk - Georgia Robson, as Fairy Evergreen, Alex Jackson, as Dame Tilly Trott, Joe Urquhart, as Jack Trott, Kayley Docherty, as Princess Jill and David Urquhart, as Lord Fleshcreep. Picture: Contributed

The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk - Georgia Robson, as Fairy Evergreen, Alex Jackson, as Dame Tilly Trott, Joe Urquhart, as Jack Trott, Kayley Docherty, as Princess Jill and David Urquhart, as Lord Fleshcreep. Picture: Contributed

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Organisers of an Easter pantomime are hoping Devon Freewheelers will benefit from magic beans.

Devon Freewheelers is set to benefit from an open-air panto being staged in Sidmouth.

Supporters of the Honiton-based charity have got the chance to see a production of Jack and the Beanstalk, which is being put on by City of Light Theatre in Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth.

One of the multiple Easter pantomimes up and down the country this year, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be a magical adventure packed full of laughter and family fun.

All profits and donations from the show will go to Devon Freewheelers.

The show will take place outside on the band stand in the gardens, so don’t forget your picnic hamper and chairs.

It’s one hour long, and features all of the traditional pantomime ingredients you’d expect.

It’s got everything from slapstick to sing-along, and of course a sassy pantomime dame in the form of Tilly Trott, Jack’s Mum who follows him up the beanstalk in the most surprising of fashions.

Director Alex Jackson said: “It’s been so funny rehearsing this show. There are lots of hilarious gags and routines for all ages and it’s such a family treat. If you love a pantomime at Christmas, you’ll love it at Easter too.”

The cast includes Georgia Robson as Fairy Evergreen, Alex Jackson as Dame Tilly Trott, Joe Urquhart as Jack Trott, Kayley Docherty as Princess Jill and David Urquhart as Lord Fleshcreep.

Devon Freewheelers provides a vital blood-bike service across the county where no other infrastructure exists.

Alex said: “It really struck me that the Freewheelers are the only people that actually transport much needed blood around Devon for victims of accidents and those needing blood to assist with other medical treatment. The fact that there is no provision for this by the government is astounding. That’s why I wanted to support Devon Freewheelers.”

Caroline Retter, fundraising manager for the charity, said: “The money raised by the City of Light Theatre, will be used to fuel the Blood Bikes and also help towards the maintenance costs of the bike. The charity receives no money from the NHS for the Blood Bike service, so fundraising is vitally important to enable the charity to continue ‘Riding to Save Lives’ ”

Tickets are £8 (£6 children) at www.cityoflighttheatre.co.uk or at Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre.

Performances last one hour and take place at Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth between Thursday, April 12 and Saturday, April 14, with a 2pm show on the Saturday. Gates will open early to allow chairs and picnics to be setup and tucked into.

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