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This week we welcome a very special guest to share #MondayMemories in the shape of CBBC’s Ed Petrie who warms up to appear in our family Christmas show Happy Ever After by recalling how he found his feet in panto at Poole... 

Lighthouse will always hold a special place in my heart. Ever since I was a small child I had been desperate to be in a professional pantomime. I even wrote my final dissertation for my Drama and Theatre Arts degree on the history of panto, much to the confusion of my fellow students who were knee deep in books about Brecht and Shakespeare! Once I landed on kids TV in 2005 I was certain the panto offers would come flooding in, but found myself having to work every Christmas and enviously watched other presenter mates of mine with more flexible schedules treading the boards over the holiday season. 

In 2011 I finally had a gap in my diary and Cinderella at Lighthouse (with Guy Siner and Sarah Thomas) was my first and best offer. It was everything I hoped for and more! I fell in love with the whole cast and crew and all the staff at Lighthouse couldn't have been more friendly and welcoming. The audiences were so warm and willing to get up on stage and let us take the mickey out of them. After the show we'd normally all pile into The George and relive all the craziness of the day, rubbing shoulders with rather merry punters who had been throwing themselves into the festivities with us earlier. I enjoyed it so much I came back three years later and did it all over again in Robin Hood (with Patrick O’Kane and Alicia Woodhouse)! And now I find myself in the lucky position of scoring a hat-trick. What a result! 

Photo at the Cinderella press call courtesy of Haydn Wheeler.

Published 23 November 2020