Catch the girls again in Kenilworth tonight

SOME dark moments alongside the expected comedy make for unique viewing at a pantomime-inspired drama that takes the stage at the Talisman Theatre tonight (Saturday).

The Panto Girls by Andrew Cullum, who also co-stars in the play with Oliver Hume, so impressed audiences at Spencer Yard in Leamington and other Midlands venues when it debuted in October that it has been brought back to the area to give people another chance to see it.

The play, showing at the Talisman in Kenilworth tonight, is set backstage in a provincial theatre during pantomime season.

Cullum, who partly based the drama on his own experience of playing Ugly Sister with Hume, said: “With some brilliant direction from Marcus Fernando, The Panto Girls is an even better play than the one I’d heard in my head while I was writing it.

“I’m sometimes asked if the play is autobiographical - no it isn’t. The two characters are derived from Oliver and myself, but to make an interesting play I had to change and exaggerate certain personality traits.”

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He added: “It’s a chance to see what happens backstage in the dressing room during pantomime season. You may be in for a surprise.”

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions). Call 856548.