ANOTHER HARDWICK PANTO SUCCESS
There were two full houses for this year’s Farmer Bob’s Productions version of Treasure Island at John Bridle’s Hall on Sunday 4 February.
There were plenty of sea shanties, jokes and fun and the pirates came 3 for the price of one. Long (Jo Hodges), John (Paul Sullivan) and Silver (Deb Mitchell). All were brilliant and at least one of them remembered their lines!!
Jackie Brett played Nancy the lovely blonde serving wench, James Hague the dim but nice Captain Horneyblower with Ant Mitchell as Sam, his loyal assistant.
Big Dave Rose again displayed his versatility by doubling up as a drunken sailor (no acting there) and as the bare-chested Treasure Islander, Man Wednesday. Despite the male roles, he still managed to find the opportunity to wear a skirt.
Rose Gregory was the sweet Sally, daughter of the not so sweet, Vera (Bob Gregory). Once again Bob was the star of the show which he (again) wrote, produced and directed.
Paul Gregory was responsible for the lighting and music and the compere was Richard Blacklock. Richard also doubled up as Robinson Caruso and his rendition of Nessun Dorma was a revelation. You would almost believe Pavarotti had walked in.
As is now expected of this production, it was a huge success and thanks to the hard work of all Bob’s team and the generosity of those attending £850 was raised. It was very fitting that this year it will go to the Taplow Traffic Charity Trust a charity supporting those bereaved by traffic accidents. This is in memory of Steve Murray, a Hardwick Panto stalwart who tragically died last year.
The whole show is available to view n You Tube. Search under Hardwick panto, but give it a few days to be put on there. Ant Mitchell or Dave Rose should be able to help with this if you have problems.