Scarborough dancer Indi-Jay’s starring panto role

Indi-Jay Cammish
Indi-Jay Cammish

Oh yes she is – Indi-Jay Cammish is starring in pantomime for the first time and playing to packed houses every performance.

The Scarborough-born 17-year-old dancer is playing Tommy the Cat in Dick Whttington at the Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent, until Sunday January 4.

She is sharing the stage with Jonathan Wilkes – the principal of the Swindon-based academy Indi-Jay attends.

“I had auditions and with my ability to do different tricks and acrobatics I managed to get the part,” said Indi-Jay. “I am on stage with my principal from college who plays the main character, Christian Pattison who plays the Dame and Louise Dearman

“I will do 57 performances across five weeks,” she said.

“I have absolutely loved this opportunity,” said Indi-Jay who is in her second year at the Wilkes Academy.

“Everybody has been so nice and it’s weird when people recognise you and ask for your autograph because you’re in the panto – it’s such a big thing here.”

Indi-Jay went to St Peter’s RC Primary and then Graham schools. She went to Scarborough-based Rowlies Dance Academy which is run by Joanne Hall.

She has two sisters, Demi, 18, who is also at the academy and Jovi, 14, who is a member of Rowlies, and a 15-year-old brother Will.

“I can’t thank my step-mum Amanda and dad Will enough for supporting me and want to make them proud.

“Me and my sisters have been at Rowlies since we were three because all we have ever wanted to do was dance.

“I was a regular competitor at Rowlies and competed across the country as a champion freestyler. I also took part in the other classes.”