Playhouse panto star Dean ready for Weston night out

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 September 2014

Some of the cast of Peter Pan.

Some of the cast of Peter Pan.


PETER Pan will be flying around the Playhouse Theatre this winter, while Dean Gaffney dons a wig to play Hook, in a show that is a slice of something new for Weston.

Best known for his loveable Eastenders role of Robbie Jackson, Dean says the pantomime will include some treats and tricks the audience may not have seen before, and he is going to be looking for a good curry house while staying in Weston.

He said: “Our producer Martin wanted to launch in a different way. Fresh blood is what is needed in Weston, and in any other area. Martin wants to prove himself and there’s going to be a little bit of what Weston might not have ever seen before.

“I have never played a baddie before and I’m really excited to get the boos and hisses.

“I’m going to get some tips from Steve McFadden (Eastenders’ hardman Phil Mitchell) who is also playing Hook this year. He’s a good friend of mine and a great actor so he will teach me how to do it.

“I remember coming to Weston about eight years ago for T4 On The Beach and that was fun, then I came here one month ago because my friend was making a charity single. It was nice to see Weston in the sunshine, and looking like it should.

“I realise it’s an obvious thing to say but the pier looks amazing, especially when it is lit up. I spend a lot of time in Brighton and I think Weston’s pier looks nicer.

“We come up on December 1 and we will be looking for a good curry house, and while we are here we will be going out.”

The trip to Neverland will also feature Gemma Bissix, known for playing Hollyoaks villain Clare Devine and Eastenders’ gold-digger Clare Bates.

But this Christmas she will be playing a sweeter role as Mrs Darling and Mermaid Mia.

She said: “I like the town, everyone is so friendly and I love this little theatre, it’s not too big and not too small.

“I’ve had some fish and chips on the seafront, which is the best part of coming to a seaside town - and a stick of rock.”

Peter Pan begins on December 11 and runs until January 4, with a current early bird offer of £13.95 on tickets for the first show. To book, or for more details, call The Playhouse on 01934 645544.

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 17:00

A determined Weston woman has completed a gruelling seven-month swimming challenge to raise money for Weston Hospicecare in memory of her partner’s mum.

Read more
Weston Hospicecare Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 16:00

The fun and fervour of this year’s carnival may only just have begun to die down, but 50 years ago attention focussed on bringing the event back to Weston’s streets.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:37

Homemade crafts and items were sold in aid of one of Weston’s best-loved sites.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Entries are still being taken for this year’s Turip Prize.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

One of the hottest rising talents on the British music scene will be performing at a gig in Bristol in 2019.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Avon and Somerset police are targeting drivers without insurance as part of a county-wide initiative which started on Monday.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

A former teacher who taught at a school in Uphill is hoping to reconnect with former pupils and staff.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:53

A GP practice has agreed to improve safety for its patients in a bid to get the go-ahead to build a surgery.

Read more
Congresbury Yatton
Yesterday, 08:23

There are few stories better known than the birth of Jesus.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:55

A GP practice has agreed to improve safety for its patients in a bid to get the go-ahead to build a surgery.

Read more
Congresbury Yatton

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather



max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists