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Family act as Spalding dad and his twin girls star together in stage version of The Darling Buds of May




It’s not every day you get to star on stage with your daughters - but for Mark Bennett and his twin girls that's exactly what they'll be doing.

The Spalding dad and his seven-year-old daughters Emelia and Mollie, all have lead roles in the forthcoming production of The Darling Buds of May by the St Nicolas Players.

It’s the first main role for Mark and his girls.

Mark Bennett and his girls Emelia and Mollie will all be taking to the stage together. (6927360)
Mark Bennett and his girls Emelia and Mollie will all be taking to the stage together. (6927360)

“I’ve been an extra in Priscilla, The Queen of the Desert with SADOS (Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society) and in Brassed Off with the St Nicolas Players,” he said.

“I got chatting to Jules (Jones, the director of The Darling Buds of May for St Nicolas Players) and she asked ‘why don’t you think about auditioning?’

“I hadn’t thought about it beforeand we thought it would be nice to get the girls involved too.”

The auditions paid off with Mark cast as chief tax inspector Mr Gorridge and his daughters as twins Petunia and Zinnia Larkin.

Mum Emma has been helping the girls learn their lines and is also acting as chaperone for her daughters. (6927366)
Mum Emma has been helping the girls learn their lines and is also acting as chaperone for her daughters. (6927366)

Mum Emma is also involved in helping the girls learn their lines and as chaperone.

“The girls are not identical twins and are very different. They have never acted before,” Mark added.

“Emilia is part of Act II, in the choir, and Mollie is more into gymnastics. But because they are twins they are very natural and people watching will know they are twins.”

Director Jules said: “The girls have already learnt their lines. They are very different characters and that comes out in the show.

The St Nicolas Players are performing The Darling Buds of May in March at the South Holland Centre. (6973821)
The St Nicolas Players are performing The Darling Buds of May in March at the South Holland Centre. (6973821)

“Without giving too much away they come up with some naughty tricks, which they relish, and bring their own ideas to the show.”

And the girls have also gelled well with the other young members of the cast, Zoe Fell and Joe Smith, who play Montgomery and Primrose.

  • The Darling Buds of May is on at the South Holland Centre in Spalding from March 6-9.

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