History of the Abergavenny Pantomime Company

We are believed to be the ‘Oldest Amateur Traditional Pantomime Company in Wales’ and we are very proud of our history. Starting off as the ‘Trinity Sunday Schools’ the name was changed to ‘Abergavenny Pantomime Company’ in 1959. We have had many well known characters from the local area in our shows over the years, some of whom become well known to the entertainment profession. Including Brynn Yemm, who several of our Life Members appeared on stage with in the long distant past, who is now a tremendous success in America in his field.

Our aim is to provide low cost entertainment and value for money. If we make a profit on our annual pantomime we try to assist local charities. Also we believe that if we can get children involved on stage, it will give them an interest in acting and stagecraft. Also they see that through our pantomime and various concerts that we perform, people, maybe in a worse position than themselves, can give some pleasure through talents. There is no doubt of the success of this when we see so many members of the chorus from previous show competing for and getting principal roles.

We are always looking to encourage new members of any age, either to sing, act, dance or help with the million and one important tasks to put on a show. Extra hands are always welcome on and off stage, if you are interested in joining, please contact a Company member.

Thanks to Geraint Webb for writing this brief history of Abergavenny Pantomime Company.

The Company has recently started to collect various A.P.C. memorabilia over the years, such as past programmes, posters, photographs and newspaper articles. Although we are mainly interested in collecting missing items from 1932 to 1988. If anybody is able to help him with the missing items, or has anything of interest from prior to 1932 please email us.