BAFTA awards winner writes panto for PODS | News | The Bridgend …

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

By GEM Staff Reporter

in Entertainment

People in Penarth may know Andy Bradshaw as the joint owner of Hamptons and Shore, an award-winning designer, and one of Penarth Council’s ‘Outstanding Citizens’.

What they may not know is that Penarth’s much loved character trained at the Royal Welsh College in theatre design and worked in theatre and television for over 40 years; designing, writing and puppeteering, and has written a number of BAFTA award-winning series for children’s television.

Andy originally joined PODS to help out backstage on their production of Sister Act. Before he knew it he was helping with the costumes and has now written the forthcoming pantomime Robinson Crusoe.

Andy said: “Robinson Crusoe is the first panto that I’ve written for PODS, and was the first professional panto I appeared in at the New Theatre, with Dickie Henderson and Keith Harris Orville.

“The production team at PODS were keen to have some puppet characters so I obliged with Archie the Dog, Herman the Hermit Crab and Marley the Parrot. There’s also an underwater scene with seahorses, jellyfish and a shark.

“Of course it wouldn’t be complete without pirates, a storm, a wicked baddie from the depths of the ocean and of course our hero, Robinson Crusoe.”

The swashbuckling pantomime adventure Robinson Crusoe is at the Paget Rooms, Penarth on December 1 and 2 at 7.30pm, and on December 3 and 4 at 2.30pm. Tickets are available from Brian Gardner on 029 2071 2260 and via Ticketsource: www.ticketsource.co.uk/pods.

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