For those who thought pantomime season was over, you couldn’t be more wrong as Gants Hill’s finest take to the stage to bring you colourful outfits and exuberant performances in their latest show, Sinbad.

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The Dragon Theatre Company, which was established in 1976, will be arriving at St George’s Hall, Woodford Avenue, tonight with a large cast of talented performers who hope to transport the audience to sunnier climes with Arabian delights.

Sue Sullivan, who plays the baddie, the Wicked Wazir, said: “I’m a relative newcomer to the company, but this will be my sixth panto. Some of the cast have been doing it for more than 20 years and the annual pantomime is our big event.

“This is my second year as the baddie, and my character is both magical and very nasty, I get booed a lot.

“It is really fun being able to scare the youngsters and generally be over the top.

“You can really go for it and I get to do a lot of evil laughs.”

The company’s first pantomime was Cinderella in 1977 and 35 years on, the group is still going strong.

All the members are involved with everything from writing the story to painting the sets.

Ms Sullivan, 56, who currently lives in Gidea Park and runs a post-graduate law programme by day, says she still gets nervous before the first performance but that’s just because all the cast “want to make sure they put on a good show”.

She added: “The audience tend to come year after year.

“We are very much a traditional panto, and we like to get the audience involved as much as possible and include some of the same songs so that everyone can sing along.

“My favourite part of the show is the music and how every audience is different. You can never predict what children will say next.”

The pantomime will start tonight and will run until January 26. To book call the box office on 07960 676 180 or visit www.dragontheatrecompany.com.

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