New Lanark are delighted to welcome back Arkeen Theatre Company to produce the wonderful pantomime for our Christmas Experience 2014. This year’s fun-filled show ‘Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat’ is showing three times a day every weekend (12.15pm, 2pm & 3.30pm) until Sunday 21st December, and again on Christmas Eve!
Read on to find out more about Arkeen and meet the cast of the show…
Arkeen Theatre Company was established in 1997 and have been writing and producing the pantomime in New Lanark for 15 years. With stories including The Enchanted Forest, Miss Molly’s Curiosity Shop and Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat this year; our original pantomimes include traditional characters, a few from the future and the past; within quality, fun and entertaining productions. Arkeen also have the privilege of delivering their original script Is This Me? to S1 in South Lanarkshire secondary schools commissioned by SLC . This production highlights the dangers of Alcohol and Drug abuse in a dynamic way raising awareness for young people at secondary school level. They have also written and delivered the highly acclaimed SLC Artsnet Workshops and Production Safe & Sound for 8 years. This project raises Child Protection issues for P5-7. The dynamic Firework Safety Production Toast by John McClelland has also been a huge hit with audiences from Secondary Schools across SLC; with Arkeen producing 6 successful tours. New Lanark is no doubt the most picturesque backdrop for Arkeen’s productions with the company also performing their ever-popular Murder Mystery events for the New Lanark Mill Hotel and The Victorian Christmas Workshops in the School for Children. Arkeen hope you enjoy this year’s Panto treat, with plenty of booing hissing, laughing, singing and dancing.
Director and writer – Joanne Tulips
Musical Director – Raymond Tulips
James Muldoon – Maw McLeod
James began his training at Jazzart Uk and then continued on to London and graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Since graduating, James has performed in various musicals and was one of 4 lead singers, onboard the Queen Mary 2, ocean liner. This is James 5th year working with Arkeen Theatre Company and his 5th Panto season at New Lanark. As well as panto he has performed Arkeen’s Victorian Christmas in New Lanark School House, and Is This Me? touring South Lanarkshire secondary schools highlighting the effect of alcohol misuse. James is delighted to be back in pantoland at New Lanark and to be first male Dame! Maw McLeod is certainly alive and kicking!
Katy-Louise Pritchett – Baroness Whinge
Katy-Louise trained in Acting and Performance and then went on to work as an actor, entertainer and workshop leader. She is delighted to be back for her 5th Christmas season working for Arkeen Theatre Company in the New Lanark pantomime and A Victorian Christmas. It is Katy-Louise’s’ 10th year performing in pantomime and her favourite time of year. Her previous work has included performing in touring with small scale productions with other Scottish theatre companies and producing her own one-woman sing-along show. Katy-Louise is based in Inverness and runs her own Entertainment business “Trapeze Entertainment” specialising in workshops and children’s entertainment. She loves her job as there is never a dull moment!
Fiona Harris – Kate Whinge
Fiona began her training in the arts at a young age. After her early education, Fiona spent 3 years at Motherwell College where she graduated with a BA Hon(s) in Musical Theatre in 2013. Since graduating, Fiona has been fortunate enough to be working in a profession in which she has a passion for. Theatre credits include: Empress in Aladdin at Bathgate Regal. Amy/Sarah in ‘Is This Me’ with Arkeen Theatre Company. Fiona is thrilled to be working with Arkeen for the second time and is looking forward to the remainder of her performances as Kate at the New Lanark Panto.
Robert Aitken – Jock McLeod
Robert graduated in 2012 from Motherwell College where he gained a First Class B.A Honours in Acting. Robert has been working professionally for two years and has portrayed many characters throughout his career from Dracula in Dracula by Liz Lochhead to the Baron in Jack in the Beanstalk. Other credits include: Soldier in Wounds to the Face (Howard Barker), Joey in Road (Jim Cartwright) and Jamie in Is this me? (Arkeen Theatre Company). He has performed all over the country, including the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End, however he is thrilled to be working with Arkeen once Theatre Company again. This is Robert’s second time working with Arkeen and was ecstatic to land a role in the School for Children’s Victorian Christmas and as the hero, Jock, in Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat. Find out more about New Lanark’s Christmas Experience.
Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer