Having a ball!

THE pantomime season is about to draw to a close with Cinderella being performed tonight and over the weekend at the Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth.Although there has been a lot of gloomy news about the economy, live shows in the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston areas have been a sell out.

THE pantomime season is about to draw to a close with Cinderella being performed tonight and over the weekend at the Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth.

Although there has been a lot of gloomy news about the economy, live shows in the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston areas have been a sell out.

Nick Funnell, who plays one of the Ugly Sisters believes people still like live entertainment.

He said: “There are a lot of distractions nowadays, but there is nothing like a live show and at the Hippodrome of course you are right on top of the performers.”

He says that the Gorleston Theatre Company, which is staging the show, had a great spirit among the performers.

“We've been doing three rehearsals a week since October so we get to see each other quite a bit and everyone gets on well together,” he added.

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Nick's parents were involved with amateur dramatics and he feels his desire to perform was in the blood.

Speaking on Radio Yare's Afternoon Delight programme, jointly produced by the Mercury, he said there were certain TV shows that had an influence on him.

He said: “I liked the Seinfield series and equally enjoyed the drama series like the Sopranos. I have done a bit of straight acting as well as comedy but I don't really prefer one over the other. But I think where pantomime is concerned, if you haven't delivered a funny line properly there would be silence. So you know instantly if you are doing well or not!”

Cinderella can still be seen at the Hippodrome, tonight and tomorrow (Saturday 24) at 7.30pm and there are matinee performances tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday (25) at 2.30pm. Tickets are on sale at the Hippodrome Box Office on 01493 844172 or book online at www.hippodromecircus.co.uk