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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Cumbrian panto targeted by vandals

A group of budding young actors proved that the show must go on despite their stage and props being vandalised.

Brampton panto photo
Brampton Players’ production of Aladdin

The Brampton Players’ pantomime of Aladdin took place over the weekend but performers had to deal with more than the usual pre-show nerves.

The venue for the performance, Brampton Community Centre, was vandalised the night before their show on Saturday.

Among the damaged items were the stage, various props and decorations as well as the community centre doors.

Ruth Atkinson, the director of the performance, said: “We came in on Friday to see what had happened. We had spent a bit of time decorating the stage and it had all been pulled down. Some of the props and sparkly bits and pieces backstage were smashed. It was ripped out with some force.”

Ruth said that the stage and props for the sold-out shows took around two weeks to prepare and despite locking them away vandals broke in and destroyed them.

“We still managed to put on a show. We went in early before to try to do something with it, putting up something temporary for the final two shows.

“It was extremely difficult but fortunately we sorted it out. We had to get a tradesman in to make it safe and we did a lot of tidying up.”

There will also be a cost incurred to the group as they had to pay for replacement props and tidying up ready for the performance.

The pantomime has been a great success with the cast made up mostly from younger people, many of them children.

“They [children] were all really disappointed because they worked so hard. But we told them it would be fine. Some of the little ones were shaken up a but it was all fine,” said Ruth.

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