“BEAUTY & THE BEAST” by BRADFORD & WEBSTER | 3RD – 6th january 2018
“And that’s a wrap!”
We would like to thank everyone involved and all our wonderful sold-out audiences who came to see Beauty and the Beast – The Pantomime!
Written by Bradford and Webster and in arrangement with NODA, our 2018 pantomime saw the production team of Rhys Maule as Producer, Craig Hunt debuted as Director and fresh to the group was Nathan French as Choreographer. The team had worked together before on projects outside of the group and Beauty and the Beast saw the team debut on stage with this production. Incredibly, the show was sold out for all 5 performances a week before it went live!
It was a dramatic pantomime full of colourful characters, Belle lived in the village of Petit Pois with her mean older sisters, Chardonnay and Lambrini.
Their impoverished mother, Madame Dolores Lilly Chantilly Tres Jolie (or Dolly Jolly), was keen to marry them off to rich husbands. The vain and egotistical Jean-Claude and the spoiled but good-natured Prince Louis both had their eye on Belle.
Chardonnay and Lambrini wanted Jean-Claude for themselves and continually tried to outdo each other, to get him to notice them.
Meanwhile, the evil Countess Cruella was obsessed with Prince Louis and, in a jealous rage, turned him into a hideous beast. The girls’ Papa, lost in the mountains, was imprisoned by the angry Beast. Papa’s horse, Gigi, then lead Belle to the Beast’s castle, where Belle offers to take her father’s place in the Beast’s dungeon.
Belle’s kindness calmed the Beast’s anger and he falls in love with her…… the rest was history…
From all the cast and production crew, we thank you for making this our most successful selling panto to date and one of the most amazing productions to be apart of!
“Once Upon A Pantomime” Written by Tracy Rogers | 4th – 7th january 2017
This was a brand new production which premiered last year in Bristol and is a first for the Perryway Players. In addition to this, we were pleased to announce that on the back of the success of last year’s pantomime, “Little Red Riding Hood”, our youthful production team and directors, Jessica Grace Weaver and Rhys Maule, returned to direct and produce this production
This was an original pantomime based on the stories of the Brothers Grimm. The plot features characters from Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretal, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and the Brave Little Tailor.
The production began in September 2016 and consisted of Tuesday and Thursday Rehearsals each week spread over 5 months.
The show sold out 3 of 5 performances and was performed to over 600 audience members.
“Little Red Riding Hood” Written by Tracy Rogers | 6th – 9th january 2016
This was a brand new production which premiered and was a first for the Perryway Players. It was also the debut of our youthful production team and directors, Jessica Grace Weaver and Rhys Maule.
This was an original pantomime based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. It featured a very young cast, with the lead being only 12 years old. Molly Johnson was accompanied by a mixed cast of experienced members, Ben Deacon as Jack, Craig Hunt as Dame Granny Smith and large cast of Livewire.
The production began in September 2015 and consisted of Tuesday and Thursday Rehearsals each week spread over 5 months.
The show sold out 2 of 5 performances and was performed to over 600 audience members.
“victory revue” Written by david wheeler | 11th – 12th september 2015
This production was created by David Wheeler. It was performed in memory of the 70th Anniversary of VE Day. A mixture of live radio plays, flashbacks, small acts and songs re constructed for the modern day. This production was performed for just two dates and many have said it was the best revue production by the Perryway Players for many years.
The auditorium was decorated with authentic memorabilia and was set in a cafe style environment.
“murdered to death” Written by peter gordon | 14th – 16th may 2015
This play introduces the inept and bungling Inspector Pratt, who battles against the odds and his own incompetence to solve the murder of the house’s owner. It soon becomes clear that the murderer isn’t finished yet; will the miscreant be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom or will the audience die laughing first?
It was performed from 14th – 15th May 2015 and was highly received from our local audiences.
“mother goose” Written by david wheeler | 7th – 10th january 2015
The story tells of how Mother Goose is about to be thrown off her land because she cannot pay the Squire and his Bailiffs the rent. Along comes Priscilla the goose. Mother Goose loves her as a friend and doesn’t know the good fairy has sent her to help Mother Goose. Priscilla lays golden eggs, and Mother Goose is rich. Along comes the Demon King (sometimes called “Demon Discord”). He has a bet with the fairy. He claims there is no-one on earth who is happy with what they have got- no one is content. They want more. The fairy Disagrees, and uses Mother Goose as an example of goodness.
“Sorry, Wrong Number” & “The hitch hiker” Written by lucille fletcher | 19th – 20th september 2014
Just a decade ago, if people wanted to watch a show on television they had to figure out when it would air and then tune in to the correct channel at the correct time. Fifty years before that, even though black and white television was relatively common, the big entertainment came from radio. Radio dramas, plays that were heard on the radio rather than seen, were the 1940s version of the modern TV show – a story that is either told in a half an hour or that continues with a new installment each week. One popular radio show, Suspense, regularly aired short, suspenseful radio plays.
In 1943 Sorry, Wrong Number first aired on the Suspense radio program. This story by Lucille Fletcher went on to be considered one of the greatest radio drama episodes. It was adapted to become a movie, and a later production of the radio drama won The Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama.
The Hitch-Hiker is a radio play written by Lucille Fletcher. It was first presented on the November 17, 1941, broadcast of the Orson Welles Show on CBS Radio, featuring a score written and conducted by Bernard Herrmann, Fletcher’s first husband. Welles performed The Hitch-Hiker four times on radio, and the play was adapted for a notable 1960 episode of the television series The Twilight Zone.
“Dust in the air suspended” written by alan ogden & “the canterville ghost” written and directed by david wheeler |15th – 17th may 2014
The story is about a family who moves to a castle haunted by the ghost of a dead nobleman, who killed his wife and was starved to death by his wife’s brothers. It has been adapted for the stage and screen several times.
The home of the Canterville Ghost was the ancient Canterville Chase, which has all the accoutrements of a traditional haunted house. Descriptions of the wainscoting, the library panelled in black oak, and the armour in the hallway characterise the setting. Wilde mixes the macabre with comedy, juxtaposing devices from traditional English ghost stories such as creaking floorboards, clanking chains, and ancient prophecies.
“sleeping beauty ” written by david wheeler | January 2014
The Pantomime version of “The Sleeping Beauty” tells the story as outlined by Perrault, and often follows this plot: The Panto often opens with the Christening Scene. The Bad fairy gives her curse, and vanishes. The Good Fairy casts her spell- that the Princess will not die, but sleep for one hundred years.