Nothing like a dame for pantomime veteran

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VETERAN performer Haydn Taylor, of Bulwell, has become a “standing dish” when it comes to playing the part of the dame in the pantomime productions laid on by the Nottingham West Music and Drama Society (NOWMADS) theatre group.

Fun-loving Haydn, who works as a local government officer, was recently seen in NOWMADS’ sparkling production of ‘Guys and Dolls’, playing the part of gangster, Nicely Nicely Johnson.

In complete contrast, Haydn has been cast as Sarah The Cook in NOWMADS’ latest panto, ‘Dick Whittington’, and teams up with rising star Merle Harrison, of Watnall, who plays the title role.

Hoping to make their marks in supporting roles will be school teacher Kelly Wakefield, from Hempshill Vale, Bulwell, and health-store manager Adrian Ravenscroft, who are cast respectively as principal girl Alice and Sultana’s bodyguard, Mustapha.

Former Hucknall resident Martin Belcher, one of NOWMADS’ leading lights, steps up to the plate to make his directorial debut for NOWMADS in the show.

‘Dick Whittington’ is being performed at Kimberley School from Thursday February 14 to Friday February 15 at 7.15pm each night.

There will also be a 5.30 pm performance on the Saturday (February 18).

n OUR PHOTO shows Haydn (centre) alongside fellow stars Adrian Ravenscroft and Kelly Wakefield (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan)