‘Many villagers have happy memories of their time on stage’ In fact, we are now into the third generation

MERRY MEN Chris Wrein and Chris Quarrel in Robin Hood
MERRY MEN Chris Wrein and Chris Quarrel in Robin Hood
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WE HAVE performed an annual pantomime since 1976, making 2013 our 38th consecutive production.

Founded by Joyce Bryan, her husband Ray and a small band of like-minded villagers, it has become an institution in the village and there are many villagers with happy memories of their time on stage.

In fact, we are now into the third generation of some of the families who have trodden the boards.

I have witnessed what belonging to such a group has done for the children who have passed through.

They are usually timid to start but... get a few productions under their belts and they transform into self assured youngsters, full of confidence and self-discipline.

They go on to develop into well-balanced adults with that special pantomime sense of humour.

And, of course, there is the other end of the scale. Our current ‘elder statesman’ is Danny Steer who, at 87, can still learn his lines and has a fine singing voice. He embodies the phrase ‘Once a panto person, always a panto person!’

So, that’s what we are all about – having fun, whatever your age.

By staging our production during February half-term, it keeps us all out of mischief during the winter and by the last night, we are only a few weeks away from summer – our winters pass in a flash!

Does this sound like fun to you? Would you like to be a part of this hilarity?

Even if you don’t like treading the boards, there are jobs to do backstage. We are still short of helpers for this year’s production Robin Hood, which runs from February 20 to the 23.

Please call me on (01329) 236601 for more information.