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Panto Gang

Do you like panto? . . . . . . . . . . . We do.

In fact, we like them so much we formed a Pantogang group. Our first panto was presented - in church - in January, 2004.  It was called "A Lad in a Manger"(by Michael Forster) and was great fun, for both actors and audience.

Based on the Christmas Story, it came complete with pantomime dame and "2x2-legged" donkey, and with all the usual audience participation.

This was our first show and it was so successful we presented another panto, called "Sinner Ella" (also by Michael Forster), in January, 2005 (Photos).

This was based on the story of Cinderella (obviously), but with the down-trodden Ella finding freedom and self-respect after meeting a local celebrity - a Christian Band leader who is involved with social projects.

Our third panto, in January 2006, was "A Great Western" (by Lucy Moore) - a panto set in the Wild West and loosely based on the parable of the Good Samaritan  (Photos). You can read a review here.


Make-up mirror

In January 2008, we performed "Sleeping Beauty" with elements of Sword in the Stone (by local author Sheila Bird), which was a great success (Photos). This was our first traditional panto, and the first we had done that did not have a religious theme. It was generally agreed to be our best yet - by performers and watchers.

Here are a Review of the panto, and an Article from one of the cast, new to the group.

In January 2010 we presented "Hansel & Gretel in the Emperor's New Clothes", another "combination" panto written by Sheila Bird, which raised just over £1500 (Photos)!

Here is an Article written by one of the cast and a letter received after the show.

Our next Panto, in January 2012, was "Rumpelstiltskin" by Bruce Gardner at the end of January 2012 (Photos). This is the first time we have been able to use real curtains, courtesy of a local scaffolding firm, Kitts Scaffolding Ltd.

Our latest panto, at the end of January 2014, was "Snow White and the Seven Woodfolk", again by Bruce Gardner (Photos). The Director's Notes from the programme are reproduced here.

This year, we are indebted to M.Crowe Scaffolding Ltd for providing the scaffolding that allowed up to have curtains.