Pantomime fever reaches Market Drayton

By Rob Smith | Market Drayton | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

Panto season is beginning in Market Drayton with a classic tale retold by a touring theatre company and talented dancers from the town.

Bethany-Jo Clews, Luke Drewell and Lucie Farrimond are ready to star in in the Jack and the Beanstalk panto

Jack and the Beanstalk will be brought to life by Dream Factory Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the latter has already sold out.

The Festival Drayton Centre is the scene for the production, which will include Scott Worsfield as Dame Trott alongside award-winning actors, as well as girls from the Zoe Poole School of Dance.

Fiona Egan from Dream Factory Theatre said of the partnership: "We were really keen to promote local talent in the area.

"Over the years we have built up a long-standing friendship with Robyn the manager and the volunteers at the Festival Drayton Centre.

"They have always been very supportive and the audiences are always brilliant.

"So this year we are doing two more public shows, so four in total, and tickets are really going well.

"We hope that Market Drayton and the surrounding areas would support the show.

"We guarantee a fabulous day out for the family, lots of fun, laughter, sparkle and slapstick, and one very big giant."


The first show will begin at 6pm on Friday, with more at 2pm and 6pm on Saturday. The 2pm showing on Sunday is already sold out.

To book, contact the Festival Drayton Centre on 01630 654444 or

Alternatively, visit the centre's website at

The Zoe Poole School of Dance will soon celebrate its 40th year in Market Drayton.

Zoe herself was awarded a British Empire Medal in 2014 for her services to dance with special needs, and she wants her school to be an inclusive one.

The eight girls who will take part in the panto production are Niamh Pickstock, Eva Jackson, Sydney Rothwell, Eva Nixon, Matilda Waugh, Isabel Hughes, Mia Smith and Elsa Hibbert.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.


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