Hornchurch author takes on Brookside panto in Romford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 November 2014

Performing arts teacher Elaine Spires, at the Stages Studio, The Mercury, Mercury Gardens, Romford,

Performing arts teacher Elaine Spires, at the Stages Studio, The Mercury, Mercury Gardens, Romford,


She’s an author, a screen writer, an actress, a performing arts teacher, a playwright and now the director of this year’s pantomime at the Brookside Theatre in Romford.

Elaine Spires, of Warwick Close, Hornchurch, has a lot on her plate at the moment as she takes on the all-star cast of Cinderella as well as promoting her latest and plugging a screenplay.

“It’s all really exciting and we are well into rehearsal land with the panto at the moment – it’s going quite well,” she said.

The show boasts a stellar cast including the X Factor’s Lydia Lucy as the Fairy Godmother and Luke White as Prince Charming while EastEnders’ former fruit and veg seller Peter Dean will tread the boards as Cinderella’s father, Baron Hardup.

Elaine added: “Our principals have amazing voices and we have some great songs.

“It’s a traditional panto with jokes for the children and jokes for the mums and dads.”

She is putting on the show with her own company, Melabeau Productions, which she set up with her friend Nick Campbell.

This is their second professional show, with the last one being the stage adaptation of her own book, Singles Holiday.

“I wrote the stage version of the book,” she explained.

“And I think it would make a great TV series so over the next 18 months I will be trying to flog it.”

The novel was written from her own experiences as a travel leader for singles holidays on the Caribbean island of Antigua.

It has now become a trilogy as the third and final instalment, Single All the Way, came out two weeks ago.

She said :“It is set in a fictional hotel in the Essex countryside at Christmas time.

“We will see some of the same characters from before as well as some new faces.”

Elaine has already started work on her next novel, Banjo, which recounts what life was like growing up in the cul-de-sacs of Dagenham.

Cinderella will run at the Brookside Theatre in South Street, Romford, from December 18 to 28.

Tickets are £15 and £12 for concessions. Call 01708 755775 for more information and booking.

Single All the Way is out now and also available on Kindle.

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