insideKENT Magazine insideKENT October 2018 Issue 79 - Page 50

ARTS+ENTERTAINMENT SLEEPING BEAUTY AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL THEATRE, TUNBRIDGE WELLS “Once upon a time in a land far away, a beautiful princess was born. Cursed by a wicked fairy, she was destined to spend her life as the Sleeping Beauty, until awakened by true love’s kiss...” Following last year’s record-breaking production of Aladdin, the Assembly Hall Theatre and Martin Dodd for UK Productions proudly present another spectacular Christmas pantomime. Sleeping Beauty includes TV and West End star, Claire Sweeney as Carabosse, Milkshake’s Derek Mahon as Silly Billy and returning Dame, Quinn Patrick as Nurse Nelly. Claire Sweeney as Carabosse. Claire has recently been seen on stage, starring as Irene Roth in Crazy For You, Baroness Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray (all on national tour). She recently guest starred as Maxine in the hit ITV comedy Benidorm, and hosted her own weekly musical theatre-themed show on Magic FM. Her extensive work on television 50 includes playing regular character Lindsay Corkhill in Brookside, the fiery Katrina in the award-winning drama Clocking Off, Lindsey Kendal in the popular BBC series Holby City, Roz in BBC1's hit drama Merseybeat, and Amanda in comedy drama Candy Cabs. Derek Moran as Silly Billy. At sixteen Derek was signed by Warner Brothers Music as a band member in D-Side, with whom he enjoyed great success, including three top 10 UK singles and huge success throughout Europe and Japan, including a number one album in the Japanese charts. Derek has appeared on many TV shows including Top of the Pops, The Saturday Show, Ministry of Mayhem, MTV, This Morning, The Late Late Show and Ireland AM. Derek is currently a leading presenter on Channel 5’s successful kid’s channel, Milkshake. Quinn Patrick as Nurse Nelly. Back by popular demand following his hilarious performance last year as Widow Twankey in Aladdin, Quinn’s theatre work includes a national tour of The Wind in The Willows, playing Toad. He has appeared in many children's shows and pantomimes playing the Dame, Ugly Sister, The Cowardly Lion and Baloo the Bear. His television credits include Casualty, Castoffs and Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On for the BBC as well as BAFTA-winning children’s TV shows Grandpa in My Pocket and the global hit HaHa Hairies. His film work includes Danny and the Human Zoo for BBC film and Red productions. Sleeping Beauty is produced by UK Productions in association with the Assembly Hall Theatre, with choreography by Regan Shepherd, direction by John-Jackson Almond, and lighting design by Joe Hornsby. For more information visit www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk.