This Year’s Panto ‘Best Ever’ Says Chairman

theatre town hallThe writer of this year’s St Mary’s Theatre Club pantomime says he’s already working on a sequel after four successful performances, which he says have left him, “walking on air.”

Steve Sims wrote ‘On the Fiddle’ after his first playwriting work was performed in the One-Act Play Festival last May.

Theatre Club chairman Tom Scott has heaped on praise, claiming that this year’s pantomime is one of, if not the best, ever.

And veteran St Mary’s panto writer and producer Maggie Perkovic said the Town Hall show was, “boisterous, full-of-fun and a little different” in that it featured a cast of young zombies.

Steve says he thought that the children would find playing the undead “more fun than being a woodland animal.”

This year’s panto was a departure from the more traditional production. Instead of an orchestra, musical accompaniment came from contemporary backing tracks.

Pops songs gave local PC Matt Collier and David Chodiewicz a chance to impress with their vocal skills, performing songs by The Clash and Meatloaf as Widow Twankey and Count Black Pudding, respectively.

The entire cast also performed in this year’s hit ‘Gangnam’ style.’

There were some concerns about how ‘alternative’ Steve’s self-panned panto would be. Director and producer Kevin Leeman told Radio Scilly that he had lightened some of the scrip but Steve admitted to sneaking some of the removed lines back in to the show.

Tom says it was, “humbling” to see the number of people involved that made it all come together and run so smoothly. Steve praised backstage sound manager Ryan Knapman who juggled the timing of over 40 sound effects and music tracks.

Steve says that he’s now writing a sequel for next year, with a happier ending called ‘The Vampire Strikes Back.’

There’s uncertainty whether the Town Hall will be the venue for the summer play as the three-month long heating refurbishment could start in April. Tom says if the space is available, it seems likely they will be doing an Alan Ayckbourne play.

There’s a review of this year’s panto here.


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