Jan 2020

Dick Whittington, by Matt Barnard and Chris Cooper, played from Fri 17 – Sun 19 Jan 2020.

In this year’s hilarious pantomime adventure, we join Dick Whittington as he goes to London to seek his fortune, befriends Tommy the Cat, lands a job working for Alderman Fitzwarren and falls in love with his daughter Alice, all while trying to avoid the wrath of evil Queen Rat.

Photography: Nigel Thomas


“A sparkling and original production of this timeless classic”Love Midlands Theatre

“SSA Drama performed this home-grown panto with great gusto and how the audience enjoyed it” – Paul Douglas, NODA

Audience Reactions

“Went last night and it was extremely funny for both young and old! As the little boy behind us said ‘it’s the best show I’ve ever seen’ then thanked his parents with such enthusiasm for taking him.”

“Absolutely smashing panto, yet again. I was smiling the whole way through. Can’t wait for next year.”

“A fantastic show! Absolutely brilliant! Well done.”


Queen Rat – Helen Gibbs
Fairy Bow-Bells – Emma Davies-Doran
Alderman Fitzwarren – Matt Barnard
Alice Fitzwarren – Georgia Fair
Idle Jack – James Newman
Sarah the Cook – Chris Cooper
Dick Whittington – Laura Parker
Tommy the Cat – Jennifer Alton
Port – Harvey Grant
Starboard – Alex Fraser
Clarence Chardonnay – Pete Bayliss
Sultana of Morocco – Amy Williams
Rats – Harvey Gibbs, Sam Keogh, Luke Newman
Chorus – Ella Begley, Rupert Dowler, Zara Mae Dowler, James Flynn, Harvey Gibbs, Veeran Gorania, Jemima Hotten, Sam Keogh, Luke Newman, Huw Perry, Liberty Severn, Sydney White, Zach Whitehouse, Amy Williams, Aleyna Wright-Taylor, Autumn Wright-Taylor, Izzy Young, Jake Young


Director – Chris Cooper
Assistant Director – Matt Barnard
Choreographer – Francesca Scott
Musical Assistant – Alison Griggs
Sound Design – Matt Barnard
Set Design & Construction – Chris Cooper, Matt Barnard, Jen Alton, SSA members and parents of the cast
Scenic Artist – Francis Cooper
Stage Manager – Ali Scoble