All posts by Ian Stratton

Dorking Panto stars chat to Susy Radio.

This year’s Dorking Hall’s panto is ‘Beauty And The Beast’ starring Emmerdale star Peter Amory and Emma Grace Arends, best known for her role as Daisy in Peppa Pig.  

Susy Radio’s Dave King chatted with the cast during a break in their rehearsals. He first spoke to the director, Maurice Thorogood, himself a RADA-trained actor who began by explaining the panto’s plot for those who may not be familiar with the story.

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Dorking panto cast group photo
The Cast of Beauty and the Beast during rehearsals.

Other Pantos in the Susy Radio area

Of course there are plenty of other pantos on around the Susy area. The Harlequin Theatre in Redhill has Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs on until the 31st December, the Epsom Playhouse has Jack and the Beanstalk up until the 6th January, while the Leatherhead Theatre’s panto is Aladdin which runs from the 20th until 30th December.

In Crawley, The Hawth’s panto this year is Aladdin starring Jason Gardiner of Dancing On Ice playing the role of Abanazar. It’s on now up until Sunday 6th January.
Over in the west of the county, Cinderella is running at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre up until the 6th January, starring ex- singer and Eastenders actor, Michelle Gayle. Look out too, for the local pantomimes presented by your local Am Dram groups across our area. One of these is Jack and the Beanstalk presented by Horley’s excellent Archway Theatre between the 11th and the 26th January. Visit for more information.

Emmerdale actor Peter Amory during rehearsals.
Panto Director, Maurice Thorogood.
Panto Director, Maurice Thorogood.
l/r Olivia Stott and Pk Taylor rehearsing for Beauty and the Beast.

Denbies on sparkling form: Annie Whitmore speaks to CEO Chris White

With Christmas just around the corner, many of us are thinking about food and drink on the ‘big day’.

Which? Magazine recently looked into affordable alternatives to champagne over the festive period and Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking scored 77% in the panel taste test.

Susy presenter Annie Whitmore spoke to Denbies’ CEO Chris White about the high-scoring Chalk Valley Sparkling Brut and how it’s made.

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portrait of Chris White, CEO of Denbies

Denbies Wine Estate

BHF Millie calls for volunteers on David Jay’s Afternoon Stroll

Millie Coulter from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) made a call for volunteers from the Susy Radio area when she chatted with David Jay during his Afternoon Stroll last week.

Millie is looking for volunteer collectors to help out with a bucket collection at Priory Farm Nursery Garden Centre, Nutfield on December 1st.

During the Stroll Millie spoke about the work she does as the Surrey Fundraising Manager for the BHF and the long term opportunities for people to get involved and volunteer around the Surrey area but particularly in the Reigate, Redhill, Horley areas.

If you are interested in volunteering you can connect with Millie by email [email protected], on Twitter: @MillieCoulter or Facebook: Millie Coulter Heart.

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The Late night opening December 1st at Priory Farm Nursery (Facebook link)

Tess chats to The St Marks Players about their next show

In her latest interview Tess Lewsey chats with Peter Jackson and Christine Knox about the St Marks Players next production ‘On Golden Pond’. The play by Ernest Thompson is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd and you can catch the performances on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd November 2018 at St Mark’s Church Centre in Reigate

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Baby Loss Awareness Week

Last week was Baby Loss Awareness Week. Roxanne Cooper told Tess Lewsey how she and her fiance were devastated when they lost Oliver on March 16 2018. Roxanne says she was helped by Surrey Sands, a charity which provides support for anyone affected by the death of a baby. Surrey Sands relies on funds donated by the public and Roxanne told Tess how they are helping raise money for them.

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Find out more about Surrey Sands at their website