All welcome at Uckfield Community Technology College panto

All are welcome at a pantomime being performed by staff and students from Uckfield Community Technology College on Thursday and Friday, December 10 and 11.


Some of the cast from the UCTC panto. From left to right, back row, are Jarod Hardcastle, Fred Croft, Jamie Hughes. Front row, Amy Kedwards, D’Arcy Brown

It is called The 1984 Before Christmas or Stockingjay Part 2 and is a spoof on George Orwell’s 1984 and the popular Hunger Games trilogy.

A cast of 75 tell how it’s been Christmas for 1,984 days in the glorious nation of Grotto Britain. However, all is not a jolly as it seems. Grotto Britain is a totalitarian state ruled over by the supreme leader Father Christmas.

In a land where it is considered unpatriotic not to have Christmas dinner every day, despite having run out of turkey, and festive tunes are sung like dirges, this festive dream has become a dystopian nightmare.

The snow men, Father Christmas’ sinister law enforcers, are on hand to ensure everyone obeys the new regime and the big man is watching … always.

Winston Smith (Jarod Hardcastle) and Julia O’Julia (Amy Kedwards) are two ordinary citizens, but when they decide to defy the state and make a daring bid to free resistance leader Rudolph from prison there are hilarious consequences.

Panto dame and PR expert, F.E. Knicknack (Fred Croft); Prime Minister John Snow (Jamie Hughes) and bow-toting heroine Catnip Evergreen (D’Arcy Brown) join a host of other imaginative characters to bring this weird and wonderful story to life.

Pantomime creator and UCTC teacher, Andrew Bebb (who writes under the pseudonym H.G. Welsh), said “Our staff and students always put on such a fantastic and funny show. It’s a real community effort with staff, students and the UCTC PTA giving so much to make the magic happen.

“I’m always blown away by the level of professionalism and dedication shown by the whole team and I know our audiences love the result.”

Tickets are priced at £5 for Adults, £3 for children/concessions and £15 for a family ticket (two plus two).

The performance is also being professionally recorded, with DVDs available at £10. Tickets and DVD pre-orders are available from the UCTC reception. Curtains up at 7pm.

Proceeds going to the UCTC Sixth Form Fund.

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