Hethersett Pantomime 2010
The writer may have
changed but the essence of Hethersett’s annual pantomime has stayed the same
– colour and fun.
Last year saw Duncan Pigg
bow out after writing 40 village pantos and the mantle has now passed to long
serving cast member Lloyd Parfitt. Little has changed, however. The songs may
be slightly more up to date but Robin Hood and His Merry Men trod the tried
and trusted path of village mayhem.
One of the panto’s
great strengths is the cast’s ability to ad lib and inter-act with the
audience and again Barry Foster as “the evil” Sheriff of Nottingham was in
his element with some fine put down lines. The audience are as much a part of
this show as the cast and certainly gave as good as they got.
The panto is now in its
41st year and some of the jokes in the latest production seem to be
even older, but that didn’t detract from an evening of raucous frivolity –
the perfect antidote to some of the bad weather we have been suffering.
The Hethersett pantomime
group certainly warm the cockles of the coldest heart and there were plenty of
topical asides and jokes in a script that gave plenty of scope for the talents
of Rachel Woodier as Robin Hood, Lloyd Parfitt himself as Little John, Steve
Bussey as Friar Tuck and a cast that just oozed fun.
As always one of the
highlights was the by-play between the Sheriff and Neville Greenhalgh as the
garish dame Dolly Dimple. Their rendition of Sex Bomb only just kept the
musical content on the right side of respectability. Pantomime story and plot
was largely an irrelevance but the cast managed to keep the lid on a wandering
There is also a serious
side to the pantomime which over the years has raised over £65,000 for
various organisations and charities. The 2009 panto raised £5,700 which
included a bucket collection of £2,100 for the Priscilla Bacon Lodge Support
Group. This year the proceeds of a collection at the end of the show will go
to the Advanced Paramedic Response Unit, a Norwich based charity which sends
extended skilled paramedics to support ambulance crews in attending extremely
ill or badly injured patients.
Meanwhile Duncan Pigg has certainly not been lost to the art of pantomime, taking on the new role of group chairman.
The pantomime took place
between January 16th and 23rd, 2010.
Castle Soldiers - Peter Emery, Simon Larkowsky, Thomas Wyatt
Townsfolk, Fairies, Handmaidens, Monsters and Soldiers - June Bulcock, Barry Butler, Sandra Butler, Nancy Bussey, Sophie Cooke, Tina Greenhalgh, Jack Hamling, Abigail Hare, Becca Jermy, Rebekah Larner, Caitlin Lovick, Caroline Lovick, Kirstie Orford, Caroline Reynolds, Kate Rowe, Bethany Tuckwood, Sue Tuckwood, Victoria Woodier, Sarah Wright, Elena Wyatt.