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Historic Deepings drama group continues to thrive

An amateur dramatics company that has been going in The Deepings for more than seven decades is returning this weekend with the pantomime, the Little Mermaid.

The Priory Youth Players, who were founded in 1947 by the late Tess Blessett, are returning to tread the boards on Saturday and Sunday in front of a sold-out house at The Deepings School with a cast of 60 children.

The Little Mermaid(6490327)
The Little Mermaid(6490327)

Kate Redhead, the producer, who is also a grandchild of Mrs Blessett, said: “The fantastic thing is thatwe have sold-out all three performances so it’s exciting times.

“Over 750 tickets have been sold and we have never done that before.

“We have a cast of sixty young people who have been rehearsing hard for this, twice a week, since Spetember.

“The youngest is five and they go right up to 18 and we’ve also got three adults in the cast.

“I’m very proud of them all.”

Kate added that performing arts such as what the Priory Youth Players do, provide the children with many transferable skills.

“It gives them skills such as communications and teamwork which are vital and will hold them in good stead for the rest of their lives.”

All proceeds from the three sold-out shows will be ploughed back into the group.

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