The countdown has begun on our virtual pantomime - "Dick Whittington & his cat"!
Watch here tomorrow night at 7.30pm or over on our YouTube channel if you want the full HD experience (https://youtu.be/WJ6t7guYcPc) on a larger screen. And if you miss it then don't worry, the recordings will be available to watch after the event.
Although we've had a lot of fun making it, we have missed our panto audiences and can't wait to see you all in the flesh next year when we hope to be back performing at the Didcot Civic Hall as we have done since 1984.
We hope you enjoy it - it is totally free to watch, but if you are able, please consider a donation to the Didcot Foodbank who continue to provide much needed support for our local community during this pandemic - they are true heroes (alongside the NHS, Teachers and other keyworkers who have all done so much for us over this terrible year).
This is our way of saying thank you.
The Foodbank is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11am to 1pm at the Didcot Baptist Church. Please see their website for further information (https://www.didcotbaptist.org.uk/.../emergency-foodbank.php)
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!"