THERE are strange and shadowy goings-on afoot at Shiplake Memorial Hall this weekend.
The Shiplake and Dunsden Dramatic Organisation — or SHADDO — are staging their 13th annual panto, and this year it’s Beauty and the Beast.
The show, by Ben Crocker, features a Beast consigned to his castle and a beauty called Rose, naturally.
However some other creatures seem to have mysteriously made their way into the cast, including a number of wolves and bears, and a sophisticated but temperamental French poodle, Felix.
In another twist of the original plot, it’s Rose’s loving mother, Ma, who has to trudge her way through the snow-laden forest from the quaint village of BateauLac to confront the beast.