IT’s mid-January and the Christmas glitter has gone — or has it? writes Mike Rowbottom. The latest show by the Sinodun Players promises to banish the frost and rain at least for a couple of hours as they take us to a desert island where all is warm and wonderful.
Robinson Crusoe And The Pirates is the Wallingford Corn Exchange’s pantomime this year. Veteran director Gloria Wright says it’s a tightly-paced, gag-filled show with something to please the kids, teenagers, mums and dads — and anyone else.
The Sinodun Players has a strong track record for putting on successful sell-out pantomimes. The society has consistently won awards and the shows have become must-sees in Wallingford.
“Robinson Crusoe And The Pirates boasts a talented cast and while the show is technically amateur because no one is paid, it’s professional in every other way,” says Gloria.
She adds: “The Corn Exchange technical team is behind it with its vast expertise in sound and light production and there is no one in the cast who is not adept at squeezing every last laugh out of a cracking script.”
Familiar faces are include David Simmons playing the dame — this time called Margarita Juicilita — and Fiona Prince will have everyone laughing out loud as Nutty Nick.
Robinson Crusoe himself is played, as tradition demands, by a lithe young woman, principal boy Sarah Stephenson.
The Sinodun Players have a commercial eye and look to the panto revenue to help finance other projects during the year.
“So it has to be good, we need people to want to see it,” says Gloria. “We love doing the panto every year because it’s such fun for us and we’re really looking forward to putting on a show for them again this year.”
* Robinson Crusoe And The Pirates runs from January 17 to February 1 with matinées on Saturdays. To buy tickets contact the Corn Exchange box office on (01491) 825000 or go to www.cornexchange.org.uk