Wellington Pantomime Group

The Wellington Pantomime Group was formed as an answer to a problem. The problem being that there was no real outlet for the younger talent of the area, and following an Operatic Society production of Oliver! there was a ready pool of enthusiastic youngsters. Thankfully Geoff Goodwin and Mike Redstone had the foresight to provide that necessary outlet and so the Wellington Pantomime Group was born.

In January 1975 the first Pantomime, Dick Whittington was staged at the Arts Centre. The group continued with an annual pantomime at the Arts Centre until 1978. The early shows had no real budget, the funds were raised by a sponsored walk on the Quantocks! The first four pantomimes were played to full houses so in 1979 the group took the plunge and moved to the Wellesley Cinema. The group continued to grow, as did their reputation. These days the group is able to stretch to a significantly larger budget and their production each January attracts an audience of around 2000 during its run of 7 performances.