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Arts / Drama group ‘overwhelmed’ by panto ticket sales

ISLESBURGH Drama Group says it is “truly overwhelmed” with the demand for tickets for its upcoming winter pantomime after they went on sale this morning (Friday) – with queues even forming at Mareel.

Group trustee and writer of panto Ali Baba and Twartree Thieves Mandy Phillips said nearly all performances have limited availability.

Trustee of Islesburgh Drama Group and writer of the pantomime Mandy Phillips. Photo: Austin Taylor

She said that is down to the “loyal support base” the drama group has built up over the last 70 years.

The panto is being held between 29 November and 9 December at the Garrison Theatre in Lerwick.

Phillips said: “This is Islesburgh Drama Group’s first pantomime since 2018 and we are excited to return to the Garrison Theatre.

“The cast and crew have been very busy working behind the scenes to ensure a show fit for our community.

“We were delighted to receive support from the Shetland Events Recovery Fund, which has allowed us to upgrade the show and add some extra magic.

“Furthermore it has ensured we could freeze ticket prices at 2018 rates, to ensure we took the pressure off families during this cost of living crisis.

“We look forward to welcoming you to the show, see you all there for boos, hisses and lots and lots of laughs!”

Remaining tickets are available in person at Mareel, by calling 01595 745500 or online.

Last year’s panto production of Jack and the Beanstalk was put on by the Open Door Drama group, and prior to that there were Covid related cancellations.

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