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Elliott ‘breaks a leg’ to appear in panto

Elliot Austin, 18, of Rastrick, has his leg in plaster and still managing to rehearsal for the panto.

Elliot Austin, 18, of Rastrick, has his leg in plaster and still managing to rehearsal for the panto.

ACTOR Elliott Austin says the show must go on despite breaking his ankle.

The 18-year-old who is playing Alderman Fitzwarren, a wealthy London merchant in St John’s Church pantomime Dick Whittington, turned up for rehearsals with a cast on his foot after falling on a patch of mud while walking through Welholme Park, Brighouse, at night time.

“I have had a pin put through where the fracture was and a plate,” he said.

“I obviously missed the first rehearsal after my operation but went back last Wednesday and sat at the front of the stage with the script.

“Sunday was the first chance I got back on stage to do the full rehearsal because I couldn’t manage to get on 
stage with my crutches and the script. I now have a semi foot brace on so I can get around better.”

The Rastrick teenager said he was feeling better. “It is better than it was when I first came out. It is a big improvement and now I can walk about. It is a lot better.

“I didn’t want to miss a rehearsal because I love doing it. I have been doing the pantomime’s since 2008 and this is my 6th panto. I didn’t want to miss it what so ever.”

Elliott will have the cast removed on November 15.

“It is our full rehearsal on December 1 which is going to be difficult and interesting.

“I’m determined the show will go on, it will be fine.”

The group based at the Rastrick church has also had the welcomed return of Tony Hiley who is playing Sultan.

Publicity officer David Williams said: “Rehearsals are going well and everyone is happy with them. The scenes are being made and painted and we are hoping for another great show this year.”

The group will be staging the show in the community hall from Monday, December 3 until Saturday, December 8, with a matinee on the Saturday.

Tickets go on sale next Thursday, November 1, by calling 01484 719143.

They are priced at £5 and £3 for concessions.

On Monday there is a special offer at two tickets for £5.

On Saturday night all tickets are priced at £5.

 

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