Looking ahead to the best pantomime ever

Peter Pan launch in Eastbourne for Christmas 2015
Peter Pan launch in Eastbourne for Christmas 2015

This year’s Eastbourne pantomime Peter Pan got off to a flying start when the cast got together in town to officially launch the show prior to its Christmas run at the Devonshire Park Theatre from December 11 until January 17.

The event saw an on-stage presentation which boasted stand-up from local comedian Tucker.

And there were rousing renditions of When I Grow Up from Ashleigh Drew who plays Wendy and Now I’ve Seen You from Ewan Goddard who plays Peter Pan.

There was also a hilarious version of Abba’s Mamma Mia by resident dame Martyn Knight.

Britain’s Got Talent runners up Twist and Pulse, playing Pirates Swash and Buckle, wowed the audience with their high-octane dance number, a demonstration of Streetomedy – combining street and comedy, a new genre of dance they pioneered and entertained television audiences with across the land when they appeared in Britain’s Got Talent.

Following a question and answer session with the cast, a meet and greet took place with a chance for guests to try on past costumes and gain autographs.

Finally the cast were whisked off for a rather soggy photo shoot at Treasure Island and then on to a slightly drier location, The Cavendish Hotel.

Eastbourne Theatres Artistic Director Chris Jordan promises this year’s panto will have all the trademark ingredients that guarantee an outstanding Eastbourne production – a live band, stunning costumes, and this year, audiences will be treated for the first time to seeing Peter Pan, Wendy and her brothers fly magically to Neverland.

London street dance duo Twist and Pulse have been busy since their rise to fame as runners-up in TV show Britain’s Got Talent.

They have toured the UK and Ireland extensively, performing before over a million people.

Most recently since their audition, they returned to our screens as mentors and choreographers of their own dance company (Twist and Pulse Dance Company). Twist (Ashley Glazebrook) and Pulse (Glen Murphy) met at The Brit School of Performing Arts & Technology.

Born and bred South Londoners, they have quickly become role models for young people around the UK today.

They provide the perfect antidote to the social issues facing young people today providing purpose and motivation at difficult times. After the youth riots in the summer of 2011, Ash and Glen have become even more determined to work with young people. “We love seeing kids getting into dancing. We just want to teach them everything we know and pass on all our passion! We want to show kids that you can come from nothing and make it with hard work and a dream.”

‘Hook’ the best seats now - tickets for Peter Pan are selling fast, with some performances already sold out. Tickets are priced from £12.50 - £21 making it the best-value pantomime in the south. To book, call the Devonshire Park Theatre Box Office on 01323 412000 or online on www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk

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