Performers sought for a tribute show celebrating 30 years of the work of North Devon’s larger-than-life leading lady.

Pamela Beecham with daughters Rosie and Lucy.Pamela Beecham with daughters Rosie and Lucy.

THE call has gone out for all who worked with Ilfracombe leading lady Pamela Beecham to join a show celebrating three decades of her work.

Once More with Feeling! will take place at The Landmark on Saturday, September 20 and pays homage to one of North Devon’s best known theatrical performers, producers and choreographers, who died earlier this year, aged 69.

The new show is being produced by Lee Baxendale and will recreate performances from the pantomimes, variety shows and the musicals Pamela worked so hard to create.

As well as melodramas and her lastingly witty lyrics about everything from Ilfracombe to French tarts, plus some of her memorable performances from the video archives.

Pamela Beecham.Pamela Beecham.

There will be an inaugural meeting for all those wishing to be involved on Wednesday of next week (July 30) at 7.30pm in Emmanuel Church, Ilfracombe.

The former Tiller Girl was a born performer from an early age and had the theatre in her blood and inspired generations of young people in North Devon with a love of dance and performance.

She appeared in the Ilfracombe Minstrel Shows, then formed Ilfracombe Pantomime Society and also worked with Barnstaple Musical Comedy Society.

“I was lucky enough to work with Pamela on many different shows, over the last 20 years, and I think it is only fitting we all work together to give her a theatrical send off,” said Lee.

“I have been working hard with the team to ensure that all aspects of Pamela’s work in the theatre are covered. True to Pamela’s style it’ll be big, colourful….and maybe long!

“I would like to hear from anyone who wishes to perform in this fond farewell to a truly inspirational lady. Also, if you have any posters, photographs or programmes we could borrow to display and to help us create a souvenir brochure.”

To find out more, call Lee on 07403 227357, Debbie Hadley on 07971622987 or email smallpond2013@yahoo.co.uk