The Bocking Theater Club back on stage after a two-year absence

An award-winning theater group presents its first show in two years.

Bocking Theater Club features Dick Whittington as they return to pantomime after a wait.

Rehearsals began virtually over Zoom, with many cast members struggling with wi-fi issues.

Everything changed when the Covid restrictions were lifted.

Amy Edwards of the Bocking Theater Club said: “Everyone is really happy to be back.

“Zooming and line work was very tricky at times, so it’s nice to get back on stage properly.

“We managed to squeeze our last performance of Merlin in February 2020 just before lockdown, so it’s been almost two years exactly since our last stage show.

“The sets are almost built, the actors are ready, all we need now is an audience.”

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The show, directed by Margaret Surrey, has a cast ranging in age from five to 75.

Amy said: “Having an age range like this is great and creates a really fun environment for everyone, so we have the little ones playing the rats and then the teenagers playing some of the main characters.”

“It’s a fun panto with all your favorites – cream pies, songs that will have you singing, a lady with larger than life hair and our brave young hero ready to take on King Rat.”

The show runs from February 16-19, including two additional matinee performances for younger audiences.

The pantomime is at Bocking Village Hall, with tickets available at or by calling 01376 320948.

Tickets are also available at New Image, Church Street, Bocking and Eatons Tea and Coffee House in George Yard, Braintree.

The Bocking Theater Club is also waiting to see if it lands a prestigious third award.

The group has twice won best pantomime in the region by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, and is looking for a third for Merlin which premiered in 2020.