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Fee-fi-fo-fum: Students help create pantomime magic

Fee-fi-fo-fum: Students help create pantomime magic

16 December 2013

A group of students from Barking & Dagenham College are working with Polka Dot Pantomimes to help put on the classic pantomime 'Jack and the Beanstalk' at the Broadway Theatre.

Nineteen students in total have been working with the production company. Nine of the students have been helping behind the scenes with the lighting, set design, props, and stage management. In addition students are also performing on stage. Six performing arts dance students are dancing in the chorus while four of the College's performing arts acting students – John Bell (43) from Romford, Qudus Busari (24) from Haringey, Jack Bradford (19) from Dagenham and Harry Gibbons (16) from Romford - will be taking it in turns to play the Giant and the much-loved pantomime cow, Daisy!

Student Christie Galvin-Law, (18) from Romford, commented:

“Getting to work on Jack and the Beanstalk has been brilliant. We’ve really been made to feel like part of the team and have learnt lots while we’ve been here. My role was Assistant Stage Manager. It’s really good to work on such a popular show. The audiences seem to love it which is great!”

18 year old fellow student Lizzie Polius, also from Romford, is not only dancing in the show she is also acting as dance captain in a series of workshops for primary school children that the theatre is organising throughout the pantomime season. She commented:

“This has been an amazing opportunity for me. Working with the rest of the cast and with the local school children has been so much fun but it will also really help me in my future career. I’m really pleased we’ve been able to be involved.”

The students all benefited from the experience of completing a real, paid job which is something that Barking & Dagenham College focus on so that everyone leaves the College with a qualification and real work experience. Mark Civil, Head of Performing Arts at the College, said:

“Throughout this project the students are getting the chance to learn about the world of theatre and the career options available to them. It’s great work experience for the students and they are really enjoying being part of the production.”

The production of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ stars former EastEnders and chart-topping recording artist Michelle Gayle as the Fairy, and runs from now until 4th January. For more information and for tickets please visit

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