Rotherham theatre-group presents a panto with a difference

Phoenix Players

The Rotherham Civic Theatre is set to welcome a pantomime with a difference when The Phoenix Players present their production of Peter Gordon’s comedy, ‘Out of Focus’ from January 27.

Rotherham theatre-goers are invited to end this year’s panto season with guaranteed laughs as an unfortunate gaggle of ugly sisters, princesses and fairy godmothers prepare for the local community panto.

The Phoenix Player’s latest offering sees member of ten years, Sue Martin, take her first foray in the Director’s chair.  Not only has Sue received the full support of the Phoenix group, her family have rallied round with three close family members taking to the stage.  Son David, a member of 10 years and daughter-in-law, a member of two years, will be joined on stage by their sister, Samantha who makes her stage debut.

“It feels like a family wedding do,” Sue says. “It’s great to work with any Phoenix member, but all the more special when you’re family is involved as well.”

Out of Focus centres around a disparate set of characters, including badminton players, a steam engine speaker and a bunch of brownies, who find themselves thrown together for the annual pantomime after the church hall is double-booked one evening.

Phoenix Chairman, Neil Mather says: “It’s a big cast and there is a lot going on but Sue has really thrown herself into it.  We’re also delighted to welcome back Jill Connell who joined us 18 years ago but left after one play to start a family.  Jill returned to the Players last year and has been doing a great job with costumes but now we’ve finally got her back on stage for Out of Focus.”

Tickets for ‘Out of Focus’ are available from the Rotherham Civic Box Office and can be booked by telephoning 01709 823640 or visiting,  All seats £8.00 and curtain goes up 7.15pm. Go along and join the fun!

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