Oh yes they have… UCW graduates land panto roles in Exeter

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University Centre Weston (UCW) graduates Annabel Warwick and Jaz Franklin have gone from sharing a house in Weston to appearing on stage together in Exeter.

The talented duo, who graduated from the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree at UCW, are both appearing in the pantomime Dick Whittington during its 60-show run at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter.

Annabel was invited to audition for the role of Alice Fitzwarren after Tony Lidington – one of the leading pantomime directors in the country – saw her perform earlier in the year in the UCW degree show Sweet Charity at the Playhouse Theatre in Weston.

The 22-year-old said: “We’re right in the middle of the run at the moment and it is going really well.

“It is quite draining doing so many shows, but it is a fresh audience every night and we get so much energy from them.

“It is really nice doing this with someone I went to uni with, and thankfully Jaz and I are used to spending quite a lot of time together.

“The two main things that attracted me to UCW were the facilities and the lecturers, and their contacts have helped me get my first professional role with a full rehearsal period, full run of shows and a massive cast and crew.”

Annabel is sharing a dressing room with Jaz, who also appears in the mayhem and laughter-packed story of Dick Whittington and his cat Puss as they head off to London in search of fame and fortune.

Dick Whittington is on at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter until Sunday January 7.

The highly regarded Musical Theatre, Performing Arts and Professional and Commercial Dance programmes at UCW are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.

To find out more about the degrees, and why the teaching, learning and outcomes we provide for students have been rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, please go to www.ucw.ac.uk.

Photo: Mark Dawson Photography.

Photo caption: UCW graduate Annabel Warwick (right) as Alice Fitzwarren with Emily Essery as Dick Whittington.