A young actress now based in New York has put her success down to a Chipping Norton Theatre pantomime.
Anna Loyd Bradshaw took a trip down memory lane when she spotted a recent Banbury Guardian Picture from the Past from 1998, which showed her and other youngsters preparing for the panto Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
She said: “I am 25 now – what wonderful memories it brought back. That show is where it all started for me.”
Anna worked and performed in the theatre through her teens before studying acting at The Oxford School of Drama. After that she worked as a freelance drama teacher and performer and moved to Italy to live at an Art Monastery before getting a First in performing arts at Bath Spa University. She said: “I’m now living in New York with my husband, where I have just finished working as the assistant director for a sell out run of a new off-Broadway show.
“I can’t tell you how much I owe to Chippy Theatre. The people there gave me an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement over the years, along with many happy memories. It is still very much a part of my family and somewhere I will forever think of as home.”