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Behind the scenes in panto land

There are many Christmas traditions - from overcooked sprouts to bad jumpers - but among the most enduring of them is Panto.

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It's the time of year when you get to do things you'd never normally dare to do in a theatre - like shout at the cast - for four and five year olds to wonder at the sparkle, for everyone to hiss the baddie and for at least one day in the year to ensure than it all winds up with a happy ending....

Our own Rob Shelley sneaked backstage at Llandudno's Venue Cymru, in a quick break between performances of Aladdin, to see if our cameras could reach those parts of the stage other broadcasters never get to reach.......

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Nigel Owens is Prime Minister ... oh no he's not

From the pitch to the stage ... watch Welsh sporting hero Nigel Owens tread the boards.

The rugby referee from Carmarthenshire has been getting his first taste of panto by appearing on video as the Prime Minister in Jermin Productions' Dick Whittington.

The panto is in Carmarthen this week before moving to Swansea, Brecon and Port Talbot.

I was keen to get involved with Dick Whittington, it’s a fantastic community production for people in Carmarthen and Swansea.

I’ve seen sporting personalities make the transition from games to on stage appearances.

I was keen to join in as it looked so much fun, especially at Christmas!

– Nigel Owens

We are delighted to have Nigel on board our production, and the audience feedback of his role has been wonderful.

– Mark Jermin, Director of Dick Whittington
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