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.

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