Directed by Ruby and Greg
The play is a crazy ride through the world of Dame Gerties circus. Will three new bears make the circus a success or will arch enemy Ringmaster Heinkel bring the house down? Classic panto chaos abound, but be careful not to touch Billy's juggling balls!
Welcome to the Northbourne Hall on 22nd September, Wednesday for panto auditions.
We will get people to read through a few scenes of the script and be available to discuss what will happen.
Welcome to those wanting to get involved behind scenes on set building, painting, stage management and production assistance.
Main roles have some singing included, but we are open to different skill levels and will work to get the right song to the right people. If you would like to sing a (fun) song as part of your audition that is helpful, but not required.
We are an adult group. Please no unaccompanied children.
The panto will be performed in Didcot and Harwell at the end of January and beginning of February.
MYSTIC SHARON - An eccentric fortune teller and soothsayer.
RINGMASTER HEINKEL -The wicked owner of the rival circus, ‘Circus of Horrors’. [Traditionally Germanic.]
SNOT - His well-meaning, slightly slow sidekick.
GOLDILOCKS - The beautiful ingénue.
SILLY BILLY - Silly son of Dame Gertie. An aspiring clown.
DAME GERTIE DOLLOP - Owner of ‘Dame Gertie’s Circus’.
BARON WASTELAND - Father of Goldilocks. A bombastic, local landowner.
DADDY BEAR, MUMMY BEAR and BABY BEAR
COLOSSUS – THE WORLD’S SHORTEST GIANT
MAGICAL KEITH – A MAGICIAN
and many more circus acts.
We thoroughly enjoyed the pantomime
It is interesting how 'lockdown' has driven you to explore different ways of producing the pantomime. Some very clever and good video editing and post production that went to enhance the performance. Congratulations to the whole team
Thank you so much for sharing the link for your lovely production. Watched as much as could for the launch time at work—I will watch the Panto in its entirety later tonight. This is such a treat—the
script is terrific
Very ingenious!!! I marvel at the way it was all sewn together - really clever; & the idea of taking
to the seas - I suppose it must have been done before in Pantomime(?): but it was new to me
Congratulations to all: & particularly the Author!
Excellent, well done...very enjoyable. introduced three friends too.
Well done on the panto. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Some terrific rhymes (Puss impetus) and lots of outrageous puns (l am a sucker for puns.)
Your panto was brilliant. Well Done to everyone.
Well done you lot - especially Malcolm
Like many other groups at the moment we are currently meeting on line and entertaining ourselves at least!
" Bad Connection” by Greg Greetham
We have recently been in email correspondence with Christian Feser, currently doing a PhD on Thomas Coryate at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany).
He wrote, “ I just stumbled upon your recent production of the Legge-stretcher's voyages on your YouTube video, and I'd be delighted to know more, considering yours is probably the first and only dramatic adaptation of his work…….Since I am supposed to put a literary theorist spin on my thesis, I will be looking at the use of eccentricity in Coryate's works and figure out why they became obsolescent so quickly after his death ……However, I'd like to look at Coryate's reception as well, which is where your dramatic adaptation of the Crudities would be a perfect fit!”
(After we had sent the script and photographs, and an explanation of how the original script was workshopped.)
“Thank you for the photos and the poster! It looks like everyone involved had great fun. Together with the delightful script, it must have been a very entertaining night for the Odcombians!
It is interesting that you should mention the pantomime. It's a brilliant observation that you would have been influenced by that. I know only little about the English pantomime, but the fact that it puts emphasis on audience participation and double entendre alone suits a stage adaptation of the Crudities so well.”
Gary Lugsden (the author of Rumpelstiltskin)
"It really seemed everyone both in the audience and on stage had a great time!
We all thoroughly enjoyed the show... a job well done!"
Paul Smith (the publisher of Smiths Scripts)
"It was great to come and see you all and I really enjoyed the show. I thought you adapted to the venue really well!"