Dick Turpin, The Woolston Players, United Reformed Church Hall, Woolston

First published in Curtain Call by

THIS rollicking adventure, replete with the stuff of traditional panto (risqué dame, traditional pantomime horse, fairies, slapstick, thighslapping principal boy), went down a storm with the audience.

As the Robin Hood-style highwayman (robbing the rich to help the poor pay their rent), Rosie Slade led confidently from the front, evading the clutches of Kieron King’s pompous Colonel Bogey and Montanna Lockwood and Richard Viney’s dim-witted Laurel-and-Hardy militia.

There were boos and hisses for Sandra Viney’s villainous Baroness Baggit, and cheers for Lottie King’s Lady Constance and Marie Slade’s maid Lucinda as they sang and danced their way into the hearts of Dick and Jack (a nicely deadpan Tony Richmond).

But leading the charge through panto-land was Jack Slade’s Dame Dippy, Woolston’s answer to Alan Carr, epitomising the fun and enjoyment clearly being had by this enthusiastic troupe

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