Pantomime Group's Cheque Presentation
Hethersett Pantomime 2008 - Mother Goose
group provided a feast of fun, colour, laughter and song in their latest
production, Mother Goose.
There was plenty of
glitz and glamour as the group returned to panto basics after its venture
into the world of sci-fi last year.
The action for this
year’s offering, which played for nine performances in Hethersett
Village Hall, centred around the village of Great Bexham and the plot,
apart from the obvious laying of golden eggs, took in a travelling circus
and a stately home that had fallen on hard times.
All the usual panto
mayhem was on show including the ever-present battle between good and evil
and the slapstick-style farce that has made the event one of the most
important in the village calendar.
As always the show
included a huge dollop of fun, mixed with song and dance routines that
take it into the realms of musical theatre as well as panto. There is
always enough leeway in the scripts to allow the characters to ad lib with
audiences who need no encouragement to have a good time. It’s all part
of the Hethersett tradition.
Barry Foster was a
joy as Mother Goose. Every year his costumes get more outrageous along
with his ad libbing. Here is a man who can turn forgetting his lines into
an art form.
took a year out from being a dame to play the part of the baddie Uriah and
helps to mould an excellent cast together with everyone playing his or her
part. Emma Jermy as Jack and Rebecca Molloy as Jill are both as pretty as
The Hethersett panto
always provides something unusual and this year it came in a clever
sequence where paintings in the stately home Great Bexham Hall come to
life and become part of the plot. Towards the end the action moves to
Blickling Hall where the highly talented designer Colin Wilson has set new
artistic heights with his scale perfect backdrop.
The show is held
together as always by the skills and personality of Lloyd Parfitt who
played the part of Coke the white clown. He is well supported by partner
clown Cola (Devon Boyd) and the other main characters – Andrea Farrow as
Goosey, Vicki Gale as the ringmaster, Bonnie Wood as the Good Fairy, Steve
Bussey as a rambunctious Sir William Hareford, Becky Sprout as Lady Agatha
Hareford, Lewis Cook as Lord Charles Hareford, Rachel Woodier as Lady
Agnes Hareford, Josh Hamer as Major General Hareford and Sue Tuckwood as
the tour guide.
Once again the
production was written and produced by the incomparable Duncan Pigg and
directed by Sarah Wright with Tony Press as musical director.
Since it started in 1970 the panto has raised £53,000 for groups and charities. A special bucket collection this year will go to the Norfolk Accident Rescue Scheme which provides voluntary medical back-up for those involved in road accidents.
©Review - Peter Steward 2008
Hethersett Pantomime Group is well into their
rehearsals for this year’s show, Mother Goose, which will take place in
Hethersett Village Hall from Saturday 19th to Saturday 26th
Tickets are selling well but are still available for
many of the performances of this traditional pantomime that will also
feature a few twists.
Once again it has been written by Duncan Pigg, his 39th
panto, and is directed by Sarah Wright. Duncan is remaining tight
lipped about the content which he likes to keep as a surprise, although he
has admitted that this year’s show includes a circus theme:
“Everybody involved with the panto is really
looking forward to it. We really do enjoy ourselves and money raised this
year will go to the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service,” Duncan said.
Last year’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk
was outstanding for its Doctor Who and cyber-space settings with
outstanding scenery and backdrops by Colin Wilson. Once again this year
local GP Tony Press will be the musical director.
Shows on the two Saturdays take place at 2.30 and
7.45 p.m and on Monday 21st to Friday 25th
there will be one show nightly at 7.45 p.m. Tickets vary in price from £4.50
for the two Saturday matinees and Monday 21st to £5 for
performances on January 19th, 22nd, 23rd
and 24th, £6 on Friday 25th and £7 on the final
Tickets can be booked by telephoning Marie Stevenson on 01603 811005. They will also be available in Hethersett Library this Saturday morning from 10 a.m to midday.
Donations from the 2008 show