Nurse Dorothy Dumpling gives Poringland boy tips on being a dame

Norwich Theatre Royal dame Richard Gauntlett gives advice to Jacob Lee, 10.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Theatre Royal dame Richard Gauntlett gives advice to Jacob Lee, 10.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Needing a little inspiration for his big role, Jacob Lee turned to Nurse Dorothy Dumpling to cure his nerves.

The 10-year-old from Poringland is playing Dame Trott in his school production of Jack and the Big Stalk and needing some professional tips, he turned to a Theatre Royal's panto veteran, Richard Gauntlett.

Delving into the theatre's dressing room, full of wigs and pantomime frocks, the Norwich Free School student, said; 'I'm really looking forward to it, we have started rehearsals and I get to faint and even clip my son around the ear.'

With Jacob's opening night looming, Nurse Dorothy Dumpling, played by actor Richard Gauntlett, had some advice for the budding actor: 'Remember you are not playing a woman, you are playing a man in a funny costume.'

The meeting was organised by Jacob's mother, Lisa Lee, who couldn't believe everyone was so eager to help her son. She said: 'I just emailed them to say what he was doing and that he was nervous and they said to come down. It will be such a great help for him.'

The year 5 pupil has already featured in a handful of school plays, but armed with Mr Gauntlett's industry tips for his debut dame character, there could be a new star on the Theatre Royal Stage soon.