A PANTOMIME to be performed in Whitchurch has become the latest victim to the nationwide concrete crisis.

Whitchurch Amateur Opera Dramatic Society (WAODS) had been due to perform Peter Pan at the town's Civic Centre in High Street.

However, with part of the building closed after the discovery of the aerated concrete, the performance has now been postponed until February, next year.

While the Market Hall remains open, the library, front area and the theatre hall are currently closed while investigations are carried out.


A WAODS spokesman said: “As you may or may not know, following the sudden closure of the Whitchurch Civic Centre, while it is checked for RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) we have unfortunately had to postpone our pantomime Peter Pan.

“This is now scheduled to open on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

“All tickets will be transferred to the same day, if you wish to change or cancel your booking, please contact us waodsboxoffice@gmail.com

“While naturally we are disappointed that we won’t be presenting our panto this Christmas, it will prove a fantastic start to our 100th year anniversary in 2024."

Fortunately, WAODS have revived another festive tradition with its Christmas concert.

The spokesman added: “In the meantime, we are looking forward to reviving another WAODS tradition – our Christmas concert 'Mulled Wine & Mince Pies' which will take place at the Talbot Theatre, Sir John Talbot School on Saturday, December 16 at 6pm and Sunday, December 17 at 3pm.

"The concert will feature a selection of favourite Christmas songs as well as one or two that you may not have heard before.

“Of course, being a WAODS concert, it would not be the same without the odd show tune.”

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Tickets for that event are £12 and concessions £10, which includes a glass of mulled wine (soft alternative) and a mince pie in the interval, they can be purchased via the website or in person from Gallery Flowers or Crafty Birds.

The spokesman added: “Taking place just a week before Christmas Day what a perfect way to start the final countdown to the big day, with song, festive cheer, fairy lights, candles, Christmas jumpers and maybe a little snow, book your tickets now.”

Head to www.waods.net for more.