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Abbeygate Sixth Form College in Bury St Edmunds to perform Dick Whittington panto on December 11 and 12





A sixth form college is putting on its first major production with the pantomime version of a classic tale.

Bury St Edmunds’ Abbeygate Sixth Form College, which opened in 2019, is set to perform Dick Whittington over two nights next week.

A cast of around 20 will be in this panto version of the classic tale that sees the main character travel to London in search of pavements made of gold.

The cast of Dick Whittington get ready to perform their first ever big production next week. Picture: Supplied by Eastern Education Group
The cast of Dick Whittington get ready to perform their first ever big production next week. Picture: Supplied by Eastern Education Group
Isaac Gallin-Palmer is playing the dame - Sarah the cook. Picture: Supplied by Eastern Education Group
Isaac Gallin-Palmer is playing the dame - Sarah the cook. Picture: Supplied by Eastern Education Group
Iris Billings is playing Dick Whittington. Picture: Supplied by Eastern Education Group
Iris Billings is playing Dick Whittington. Picture: Supplied by Eastern Education Group

Isaac Gallin-Palmer, 16, from Bury St Edmunds, is studying A-levels and is playing Sarah the cook – the pantomime dame. Isaac said: “There are lots of comedy elements. It’s the first time I’ve played a dame and it’s been really fun. I think people should come along as it’s hilarious.”

A-level student Iris Billings, 17, from Stanton, is playing Dick Whittington in this production. She said: “I play the main man and hero of the production. I’ve been really enjoying rehearsals and can’t wait for people to see the final show. There will be lots of recognisable songs. It’s a typical panto. It’s funny, scary and lots will be going on.”

Director Sophie Allen, a drama teacher at Abbeygate, said: “There are lots of references to Bury and the surrounding towns and villages just to make it more relatable to the audience.

Sophie Allen is the director of the show. Picture: Supplied by Eastern Education Group
Sophie Allen is the director of the show. Picture: Supplied by Eastern Education Group

“We started rehearsals in September and everything has been going well. All students from across the college are involved. Art students have painted the set and learners from across college will be involved in back stage roles, front of house duties or as part of the crew.

“It’s a real collaboration. I think people should come along as it’s a magical adventure with lots of audience participation and it’s a great night for all ages.”

The show lasts around two hours with an interval and will take place on December 11 and 12. Both shows start at 7pm.

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased via www.eventbrite.co.uk

All proceeds will be used to put on future shows at the sixth form, which was rated ‘outstanding’ earlier this year by Ofsted.