Dick Whittington - Our 2016 Pantomime
Our pantomime took place on Friday 25th November Saturday 26th November in Ashdon Primary School.
We welcomed back Jerry Curzon and Ivan Bartlett to our cast this year together with some new performers. Helena Carrington, who has some acting experience, played Alice, whilst Lucy King and Jonathan Archer were given cameo parts in our opening scene. Lucy and Jonathan bid against each other to be in our pantomime in a local auction of promises. When the bidding reached £135 they agreed to stop and share the "prize". We hoped they enjoyed the experience.
Dick Whittington was a Medieval hero who was first written about in the early 1600s in the form of a ballad, a play and prose story. All recount the tale of Dick, a poor boy from somewhere north of London, who came to London looking for riches in the City. All versions include a cat, but only the prose version which is fuller, mentions the bells of Bow Church, the Fitzwarrens and the voyage to North Africa. The pantomime versions usually maintain the same basic plot. There is a commemorative Whittington Stone at the foot of Highgate Hill where Dick allegedly heard the Bow bells. There is some doubt though whether he would have been able to hear them from this distance.
We hope you enjoyed our rendering of this traditional tale with the usual embellishments of jokes. Expediency relating to our resources persuaded us to alter the setting to a later century. Samuel Pepys enjoyed the puppet version. I wonder what he would have made of ours?
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|Dame Daphne Whitebait||Jerry Curzon|
|Alderman Fitzwarren||Pete Smith|
|Fruit Seller||Gillian Brooker|
|Pearly Queen||Jonathan Archer|
|Curtain Seller||Lucy King|
|Street Urchins||Charlotte Marsh, George Bartlett, Lucy Swan|
|Brat Rat||Aaliyah Kinnley|
|Batty Ratty||Carrick Maley|
|King Rat||Malcolm Lewis|
|Dick Whittington||Caroline Sutherland|
|Tom Cat||Grace Cordall|
|Alice Fitzwarren||Helena Carrington|
|Idle Jack||Gillian Brooker|
|Aubrey Pfaff||John Brooker|
|Little Bee Poop||Charlotte Marsh|
|Captain Birdseye||Greg Wray|
|Cutstomers||George Bartlett, Lucy Swan, Charlotte Marsh, Ian MacDonald|
|Bosun Bruce||John Brooker|
|Additional Rats||Lucy Swan, George Bartlett, Charlotte Marsh|
|Caliph Richard||ivan Bartlett|
|Script Writer||John Brooker|
|Stage Crew||Malcolm Lewis and members of the cast|
|Scenery||Carol Goodchild and friends|
|Sound Effects & Lighting||Dan Willmott|
|Costumes||Gillian Brooker, Hilary Haynes|
|Make up||Caroline Sutherland, Denise French|
|Visual recording||Terry Collins|
|Front of House||Mary Green, Mrs Maley, Denise French|
|Refreshments||Janet & Mike Elsey, Mrs Maley, Denise French, Jen Morse and Katie Brooker|
|Producer and Programmes||Gillian Brooker|
|Programme Sales||Ashdon Post Office & Gillian Brooker|