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Puss in Boots production by Islesburgh Drama Group in 2018. Photo: Chris Brown

THIS year’s pantomime has been cancelled, the Islesburgh Drama Group has confirmed.

A spokesperson for the group said it was a “difficult decision, but planning for the pantomime usually starts in early May and due to restrictions we haven’t been able to progress as we normally would”.

The group added that with the possibility of “cast and crew being told to isolate, we feel we couldn’t bring the high quality amateur productions to the Garrison stage that the audience in Shetland deserve”.

“Our number one priority must be the health and well-being of cast, crew and the audiences in Shetland,” the spokesperson added.

“However, the trustees and directors/producers of Islesburgh Drama are delighted to announce that we have been approached for further commissions by BBC Radio Shetland, to produce further radio plays for their winter programme.

“Furthermore, we will work with our friends across the drama community to explore our future schedules of community based theatre and hope to see a thriving programme of productions return to the stage

“As a group we continue to work behind the scenes, looking to the future and hope to tread the boards of the Garrison again in 2022 with our spring production Calendar Girls.”