The Black-E Liverpool has been transformed into an enchanted castle as it presents its first ever pantomime.
Liverpool-based theatre company, Drops of Light CIC is staging a feel-good family show, Beauty & The Beast, which opened this week at the iconic arts building The Black-E.
Running until December 31, the production will be staged in the round to offer audiences an immersive pantomime experience with a distinctively Scouse twist featuring a home-grown cast.
Beauty & the Beast tells the story of a young woman named Beauty (played by Tori Hargreaves), who lives in a quiet village with her father Egbert the Inventor (Alan Stocks).
Beauty feels like she doesn’t belong as her family and friends, including Gorgeous Gaz (Ciaran Kellgren), poke fun at her love of books and she longs for an adventure to take her away. The adventure Beauty longs for comes in the form of an enchanted castle, home to The Beast (Nick Langmead), Basic Bertie (Adam McCoy) and Dame Dolly (Jamie Greer) who are trapped by a spell, cast to teach The Beast a lesson in judging others. Fairy Rose (Helen Carter) adds a touch of magic to the production as she haplessly tries to reverse the spell and save the castles inhabitants from a life trapped inside its walls.
Drops of Light CIC is a community focused theatre production company formed in February 2017 by Sean Gibbons, James Lacey and Siobhan Noble. Beauty and the Beast is written by Jessica Lea and directed by Sam Donovan.
Jessica currently writes for Hollyoaks and Eastenders and enjoys writing for children’s television with credits including The Dumping Ground, Tracey Beaker and Grange Hill.
Sam trained as an actor at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) London, his directing credits include Our Boys by Jonathan Lewis and David Copperfield by Giles Havergal. Sam is also cofounder of Performers Theatre School and Merseyside Academy of Drama (MAD).
The production is set to an original score created by musical director Henry Burnett. Henry studied at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and has worked on a number of theatre productions including Little Shop of Horrors, James & the Giant Peach and Jack & the Beanstalk.
Audiences can expect a mix of classic and modern pop tracks that are sure to get toes tapping and have the whole family singing along.
Liverpool based Costume Company JayLay Designs have created 252 bespoke costumes for the show, each one more impressive than the last. Audiences will be wowed as the inhabitants of the enchanted castle are transformed through costume in to an array of weird and wonderful objects!
Alongside the professional creative team Drops of Light have engaged in excess of 100 community members to take part in workshops assisting in the creation of the show.
Not to be missed, Beauty and the Beast promises all out magic and sparkle in a show that will appeal to families of all ages.
Tickets are priced £12 for children, £16 for adults and £48 for a family ticket so grab yours and treat the little princes and princesses in your life to a Christmas treat they will treasure.
Tickets are available online here Discounts available for group bookings.