23 May 2022

Oh yes it is! Portlaoise Panto set to spring into life in Laois

Just as well they didn't call the whole thing off

Oh yes its! Portlaoise Panto all set to return to the Dunamaise stage

Portlaoise Panto

The Portlaoise Panto Group return to the stage of the Dunamaise Arts Centre in one of the most eagerly awaited live shows since the pandemic hit in early 2020.

The team return with Rapunzel and the Winning Lotto Ticket for a run which starts on April 13 and ends on April 20 with matinees being held on the 16, 17 & 18.

The Panto gang were hit by a number of postponements the latest of which was caused by the Omicron wave. But they  crew never called the whole thing off and thanks to their optimism and the lifting of most Covid-19 restrictions, the show will get a spring airing in the wonderful Portlaoise entertainment venue.

Local man Seamus (Slice) Carroll is the Director while the Recks is the 2022 panto's Musical Director. The Choreographer for 36th annual production is Ruth Maher.

The cast:
Rapunzel: Aisling Kelly
Granny Bloom: Damien Halpin Lee
Coco: Daniel Whelan
King Abishur: PJ Mulhall
Queen Abigail: Lynda Byrne
Kebabs Flatley: John McEvoy
Shish: Hilary Costello (New)
Uncle Buck: Rory Chadwick
Rigor: Emma Phelan
Mortis: Ciara Dollard
Father Suspicious: JP Cahillane
Sister Questionable: Joan White
Dana: Gillian Haslam (New)
Daniel O’Donnell: Cathal O' Sullivan (New)
Donald Trump: Jamie O’Callaghan (New)
Karen Carpenter: Ciara Phelan
Roy Keane: Karl Mulligan
Soldier 1: Veronica Lanham
Soldier 2: Deirdre Phelan
Soldier 3: Cathal O Sullivan (New)
Soldier 4: Derek McGinn
Soldier 5: Jamie O’Callaghan (New).

Apart from bringing a new show to stage, the group has done some rebranding launching a fabulous new logo created by Gló Design

Tickets for all shows are on sale from March 1 the Box Office, Tel: 057 8663355 or online at


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