A STUDLEY actress badly injured in a car smash is back at the theatre – directing Jack and the Beanstalk at The Attic Theatre in Stratford.
And as well as all the usual seasonal fun and frolics it’s a panto with a difference – by being as carbon neutral as possible.
“We’re reducing our use of plastic, we’re car pooling and we’ve even got biodegradable and vegan glitter in the show,” said mum of three Jen who fractured her spine and sternum in the crash on the A46 four years ago.
Performed by The Tread the Boards Theatre Company the green theme continues with the use of reusable wash cloths to remove make up instead of disposable wipes, sourcing materials and props from local shops and goody bags made from recycled paper instead of plastic.
And although The Attic Theatre is naturally upstairs it is fully wheelchair accessible, the interactive song sheet will have British Sign Language signing and there will even be a ‘pay what you can night’ for those struggling for money.
“We’re a local company, there’s going to be lots of singing and fun and we have a fantastic ‘Simple Simon’ in Marc Alden-Taylor while our ‘Dame Gladys’ is the brilliant Peter Meredith,” said Jen.
Catherine Prout, co-founder and Producer at Tread the Boards, added: “In the current environment it is increasingly important to reduce our carbon footprint where we can.
“We are passionate about sharing the fun of panto with as many as possible and the team are working incredibly hard to do this too.”
The Attic is recognised as Statford’s No1 fringe theatre and is next to Cox’s Yard, Bridgefoot, Stratford, CV37 6YY.
Tickets cost from £12 but the pay what you can night is on Tuesday, December 17 at 6.30pm.
The show runs until January 5 and for more details and to book visit www.theattictheatre.co.uk/jack-and-the-beanstalk.