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January 17, 2018 at 5:08 am

Have A Blast With The Cast!

Have A Blast With The Cast!

Have A Blast With The Cast!

”He’s behind you”, classic phrase from any classic panto. At New Lanark this year, we have a special treat for all the family as we proudly present the cast of   “The Magic Shoes “ which is based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

The cast represent the Arkeen Theatre Company, who at the moment, are putting on a truly wonderful performance here at New Lanark.

The company are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year  having been established in August 1997. The company also has been writing the pantomime in New Lanark for the last 17 years New Lanark for 17 years.  These wonderful tales include  Maw McLeod’s Festive Treat, New Lanark Christmas Carol, Sister Ella’s Slippers, but who are the Arkeen Theatre? Well introducing the cast for  “The Magic Shoes”………


Meet the cast!!


David Parker

Having appeared last year in New Lanark Christmas Carol, David Parker is  back with a bang  for Panto 2017

Having graduated from Reid Kerr College in 2012 with an HND in Acting and Performance, David has gone on to be part of many wonderful performances , including theatre productions such as : Statistics , Tommy Tuppers Terrific Toyshop , When Youre Smiling , Faith, Hope and Clarity ,Sheerluck and The Case of The Missing Case. David has performed  twelve shows with Glasgow based Shoogalie Road Productions, including Blithe Spirit and Boeing, Boeing.

David has also appeared on the silver  screen, with performances in: Dames, Weegies and Today is Yesterdays Tomorrow, Good Intentions and Filth. You may also recognise David from his appearance Earlier when he appeared in  the  Tennents Lager  social media “Funny Money” campaign.

David hopes “The Magic Shoe” wows and excites , and he wishes you all an enjoyable festive season.


Brooke Thomson

Having graduated recently from Jazzartuk with my HND in Musical Theatre, Brooke is thrilled to be playing the role of Rose in ‘The Magic Shoes’ here at New Lanark . Brooke specialises in singing, acting and dancing (the triple threat)  and is  aiming  to get more experience in  other aspects of the Arts industry .

Brooke hopes you all have  enjoy the show and have a very Merry Christmas and Good New Year!


David Lawley

Local boy David Lawley steps back into to his theatre shoes for Arkeen Theatre groups production of “The Magic Shoes” after focusing on television and film for the last couple of years. Showing lack of confidence, David  stated: “Lets do this New Lanark”.


Katy-Louise Pritchett

In 2002 Katy-Louise received her HND in Acting and Performance, from there, she  went on to work as an actor, singer, entertainer and theatre arts tutor.  Nowadays, Katy- Louise  now runs her own company Trapeze Entertainment based in Inverness which specialises in interactive workshops, birthday parties, events and performances.

Katy-Louise has been fairly busy this year with her performances, some of the stuff she’s been up to include:   performing in her  sing-a-long productions, entertaining children at Belladrum and the Girvan Folk festival and delivering a variety of interactive drama and circus skills workshops throughout the highlands.

This time of year is clearly Katy-Louise’s favourite, as this is her 8th New Lanark pantomime with Arkeen Theatre Company, and as Katy- Louise would tell you, you are in for a fun, festive, fabulous treat with ” The Magic Shoes”.


Have A Very Merry Christmas!

Its not to late to book your tickets for the show , their are only two weekends left until the big day.

New Lanark Pantomime: The Red Shoes
Price: £21 for Family (2 adults + 2/3 children) or £17 for family (2 adults + 2 children), £5 Adults, £5 (children 2-15) , free (children under 2), Essential Carers- Free (please complete booking online then contact us to add a free place)

Booking:  Book online here

Show Times: 12pm / 2pm / 3.30pm


 The Cast and Crew for the “Magic Shoes”, and the team here at New Lanark , would like to wish you all a wonderful and magical Christmas and prosperous New Year!


Craig- New Lanark Marketing Intern



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