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From pantomime dame to director

From pantomime dame to director

posted 21 Mar 2022

From pantomime dame to director, Graham Smith makes his directorial debut with Rowntree Players

Graham Smith is the director of Rowntree Players’ new show, Sex, Drugs, Rick ‘N’ Noel. Although he’s been involved on theatre for many years, this is Graham’s directorial debut. We caught up with him in between his busy schedule of rehearsals to ask a couple of questions. 

Q: Tell us about your previous roles.

A: Over the years I’ve been in over 30 plays and pantomimes for Rowntree Players, oh yes, I have!! In addition, I’ve played the Dame for four years in a touring pantomime and am the chairman in a touring version of Back to The Good Old Days

Q: What’s the scariest / most exciting thing about directing this play?

A: The scariest thing was throwing my name into the hat and finding it was the only one there. The most exciting thing is looking forward to seeing the end result. I’m a little apprehensive about the show, not because it isn’t good. I’ve been helped by the brilliant Jess Douglas, who has re-written the entire score as well as teaching all the songs. Also, by our brilliant resident choreographer, Amy Carter, who’s interpretation of the movement and dance is second to none. We have a talented team of actors, singers and dancers who have committed themselves wholeheartedly to the show. And of course, our unsung heroes, the backstage crew who built the set and will assist on show nights.

Q: How are you feeling about getting the show to the stage?

A: A little nervous. The apprehension comes from all that hard work not being rewarded by a full house. I hope people won’t sit on the fence about buying tickets. It’s a great, family friendly show and in these times a good laugh is just what the doctor ordered!

Shows dates are 31 March to 2 April. Don’t delay, book your tickets today