Oh yes it is! Panto season has officially begun, and here you see me in my costume as the Prologue (and Epilogue) to Loughborough’s ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears,’ performed last night at John Storer House.
More than just a panto, it was a phenomenon because with no script and only a basic story to work with, we did it all in just one day! Yes, that’s right – in under twelve hours a cast of seven, one costume person and one props guy produced a sizzling, hilarious production which had a full house in stitches.
My part in it was to write and perform a Prologue and an Epilogue; and to that end, I sat in on some of the improv to get a feel of what was happening. In an ingenious twist, Goldilocks was done as a stroppy teenager assisted by a magic talking tree, and the scenes were held together by a Paparazzi Pete, a dodgy reporter. With those ideas in mind, I went home and cooked up these lines:
Ladies and gentlemen – good evening,
welcome to the Forest News
(I apologise for reading:
problems with the autocues)
Today, David Attenborough
asks, is there life in Charnwood Borough?
Are we in the Goldilocks zone?
Can our heroine find a home?
In other news, if you go down
(sorry, by the way, for the outfit –
wardrobe had a hissy fit)
to the woods outside the town
you may find the strangest scene
three bears and a stroppy teen
and a magic talking tree
(you know, I could’ve been on the BBC!)
This just in. Oh, yes it is
(oh no it isn’t). Yes, it is:
breakfast theft is on the rise
Papa Bear’s called it a ‘swiz’
with that story now unfolding
(and my dungarees just holding)
over in the forest quarter
we go live to our reporter.
So in comes Paparazzi Pete and the story unfolds. It ends with a song and then I come on again:
We know we’ll never need to prompt ya
for our efforts so impromptu
cos it’s not an easy play
to make a panto in a day
observing unities of time
as well as writing stonking rhyme
and so, before we are released
and all get stuck into our feast
show us that you understand
and, just once more, give us a hand.
And that was that. The food was great; the company was a mixture of all the faiths in Loughborough and it was altogether a terrific evening.
Here, courtesy of Kev Ryan of Charnwood Arts, are some other pics of the evening: