Ottery 2021 pantomime is cancelled amid Covid safety fears

Ottery Community Theatre has cancelled its 2021 pantomime because of the coronavirus but hopes the cast can perform some outdoor one-act plays next summer.

The community theatre group said it would be seeking a ‘considerable’ amount of people to join the cast next year if the one-act plays can go ahead.

The theatre group, founded in 1985, said the decision to scrap its January panto was taken with safety in mind.

An Ottery Community Theatre spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately we, as Ottery Community Theatre committee, have decided that it would not be viable or safe to proceed with a pantomime in January 2021.

“I know this will be a huge disappointment to all those involved, and to those who love and enjoy coming to watch our pantomimes, and we hope that it will only increase their want to come and watch our other planned productions and subsequently our next pantomime.

“We do, however, have plans to try and do an outdoor performance of our one-act plays, which we intended on being performed in the summer of 2021.”

The group is said it is planning three ‘very different’ plays to perform for audiences next year.

The spokeswoman added: “We are very excited at the prospect of being able to put them on in some sort of capacity for everyone to enjoy.

“At the beginning of next year, if we can indeed go ahead with these plays, we will be looking for a considerable amount of people to cast them.

“So, if you’ve been itching to try something different or have always thought about trying out the stage this could be your moment.”

Last year Ottery Community Theatre’s one act plays included a performance of Clue Who.

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