Palace Players make panto announcement

This year’s Kirkwall pantomime, produced by Palace Players, will be Beauty and the Beast.

Eager theatre-goers and local thespians alike were pleased to find out the name of this year’s Kirkwall Panto, last weekend.

On Saturday, local drama club, Palace Players, announced that they will be performing Beauty and the Beast by Alan Frayn, this December.

Palace Players’ Erika Miller is delighted to directing this year’s pantomime, along with musical director Eilidh Wilkinson.

“I love the Disney story and I am really excited about Alan Frayn’s pantomime version,” she explained.

“It’s very similar, but with the added comedy characters and gags you get with panto!”

Eilidh is also looking forward to staging the fairy tale classic.

“I’m really excited to be doing a Beauty and the Beast pantomime with Erika, as it is my favourite Disney film,” she explained.

“Erika and I have been wanting to do a musical version of it some way or another for ages. The music from the film is special to a lot of folk, so I’m looking forward to bringing some of that to the panto version”

Both hope that the show will really appeal to the public, with the recent release of the Disney live action adaptation of their 1992 classic, and the whole team at Palace Players will be able to go one step further with this year’s production.


The drama group will be looking for actors, singers, dancers and backstage people, and will be accepting chorus members who are in P7 or above.

For the full story, pick up a copy of The Orcadian, this Thursday, July 20.