Tonbridge Community Pantomime stages cabaret for first summer show
by Andy Tong | 24th July 2019
THE Tonbridge Community Pantomime [TCP] is putting on a performance with a difference this weekend for their first Summer Show.
Unlike the customary Christmas fairy-tale, the cast will be staging Speakeasy…A Timeless Bar, a cabaret style show about ‘a wretched hive of scum and villainy, a place where the creatures of the underworld and the beautiful elite meet’.
Speakeasy will be staged at Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club in The Slade on Saturday [August 3] at 7pm. Tickets cost £12 from eventbrite.co.uk or by calling 07792 033156. Proceeds go to charity.
The director, Nell Price, said: “Our first Summer Show promises to be a stunning spectacular of songs, sketches and skits.
“The bar is a timeless place where you’ll find pick-pockets from Victorian England, 1920s flapper girls, even a brain surgeon!”
The cabaret format is an artistic departure for TCP. “It’s made up of separate acts – comedy sketches, songs and dances all taking place at The Speakeasy, so it’s very different for our cast to get their teeth into,” said Mrs Price.
They decided to put on an extra show to extend their fundraising efforts and include more local people in their performance.
“TCP never take any profit, it’s local people raising money for local charities and we wanted to raise more,” said Mrs Price.
“It is also an opportunity for those who cannot get involved in panto for whatever reasons to be involved in another community show.”
Speakeasy is an original work written and put together by Edd Price, Nell’s husband.
Despite the adult-sounding themes, TCP insist children will enjoy the show too. “It is aimed at adults, but being a panto group we have made sure it’s family friendly,” said Mrs Price.
“However, the Tonbridge Juddians bar will be open throughout the show and afterwards, so we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to leave the kids at home.”