We are about to charm audiences with a very novel double act.
Award winning Hard Graft are about to begin rehearsals with a father and son in the cast. Mark Whiteley will play Geppetto in this year’s production of Pinocchio at the Oldham library and Civic hall Uppermill and his 11 year old son, Billy, will be playing Lampwick, the cheeky waif who befriends Pinocchio on Pleasure Island.
“Billy has been acting of some years now, on television and with his grandmother’s theatre classes at Saddleworth Drama centre”. Mark said. “I suppose it must run in the family, with Judith Barker as your gran, Kenneth Alan Taylor as your Grandad and me as your dad, you’re going to have some sort of talent for performing’
"Billy has been working with us for years, generally backstage and front of house. He was there when we did out Manchester Theatre award winning show ‘Thick As Thieves’ and again last year when we presented GRASS.
“I’m really excited, not only do I get to perform with my dad, but I get a lift home too.” said Billy, aged 11.
Talk about a chip off the old block- if we’re not mistaken, Geppetto, Pinocchio’s “dad”, is a carpenter who knocks a few chips off old blocks to make a real boy!
The production also sees the return of Alex Phelps who blew audiences away last year as the wolf in Red Riding Hood and introduces the very talented Danielle Dawson and Bethany-Jo Clews. And let’s not forget the talented dancers from Infinity dance, who’s vibrance and energy enhance the production enormously. We can’t wait!
Pinocchio is running from 8th - 17th December at Oldham Library & 22nd - 24th Dec at Uppermill Civic hall
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