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Hethersett Pantomime 2010

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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 storyline. 

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.  

Cast

Robin Hood Rachel Woodier
Little John Lloyd Parfitt
Will Scarlett Becky Sprout
Alan a Dale Lauren Cooke
Much Ellie Jermy
Friar Tuck Steve Bussey
Sheriff of Nottingham Barry Foster
Guy of Gisbourne Lewis Cook
Fairly Useless Vicki Gale
Dolly Dimple Neville Greenhalgh
Maid Marion Bonnie Wood
Gwyneth Emma Jermy
King Richard David Reynolds
Farmer Jono Angelo
Maid Andrea Farrow

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.

Script writer and producer Lloyd Parfitt
Director Sarah Wright
Musical Director Tony Press
Choreography Andrea Farrow and Kate Rowe
Stage Manager Malcolm Goldspink
Set Design Colin Wilson
Set Painting Isobel Rice, Irene Dack and Marian Watt
Wardrobe Angela Jermy, Kim Spinks and team
Construction of sets and props Linda and Malcolm Goldspink, Irene and David Dack, Phil Emery,  Bob Fell
Technical Manager Chris Thrower
Stage Electrician David Dack
Sound Jonathan Thrower
Lighting Jonathan and Chris Thrower, David Johnson
Prompt Judith Press
Make-up Julie Cooke, Fiona Wyatt and helpers
Backstage Paul Baxter, Phil Emery, Bob Fell
Box Office Jean Neal, Marie Stevenson
Front of House David and Jean Neal and helpers.

The Band

Musical Director/Keyboards/Flute Tony Press
Piano Roger Noble
Clarinet/Sax Rachel Mallett
Violin Ceri Peterson
Cello Francis Trappes-Lomax
Guitar John Head 
Percussion Simon McDougall
Oboe/Saxophone Hannah Blagnys
Trumpet/Euphonium Chris Press