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Peter Pan soars as hall celebrates panto milestone

By Alan Beresford

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PANTO night is always a special occasion but there was an extra note of celebration in this year's performances in the Fishermen's Hall.

As the curtain went up on Buckie Community Theatre Group's Peter Pan it marked 60 years of the hall – now community run – hosting pantomimes.

Speaking before the show, the theatre group's artistic director Kevin Oakes said: "We as a company are extremely proud of this year's panto Peter Pan and are excited to be performing this story back in the Fishermen's Hall, which is the focal point of our community.

"This is a very special pantomime as it is the 60th anniversary of pantomimes being performed in the Fishermen's Hall.

"We began rehearsals back in August 2019 and what a rollercoaster we as a group have been on! We have had a lot of laughs on this journey."

Mr Oakes went on to express deep gratitude to the back stage team and supporters whose dedication made the performances possible.

The tale of never-ending childhood, adventures, a villainous, one-handed pirate captain, fairies and mermaids were all part of the mix as the magic of JM Barrie's classic story was brought to life.

Vicki Slater excelled in the lead role of the boy who never grew up, while Holly Allardice was equally admirable as Wendy. Ably completing the Darling team were John (Jay Farley), Michael (Zander Mitchell) and Nana the dog (Glen Campbell).

Jack Williams hammed it up wonderfully as the villian with bad breath Captain 'Stinky Breath' Hook, with Zoe Leslie a convincingly spiky Tinkerbell. Theatre group stalwart Pauline McIntosh's talent remained undimmed as the likeable but put upon pirate Smee.

Kevin Oakes was in his usual irrepressible form as squaw Tiger Lil

The special effects, sourced from the west End in London, also deserve a mention, not least the flight scene over the roofs of London en route to Neverland.

BLOB For more panto photos, visit www.grampianonline.co.uk

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