Romford's first panto Mother Goose's Golden Christmas comes to Brookside Theatre
PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 January 2020 | UPDATED: 09:29 06 January 2020
A host of classic fairytale characters pursue a life of adventure in a pantomime coming to Romford's community theatre.
Brookside Theatre is kicking off the New Year with its first panto, Mother Goose's Golden Christmas which will be performed by the Ad Hoc Players theatre group.
In a far away land of snowy mountains, dark forests and gigantic castles, the famous five; Little Jack Horner (Jay Lancaster), Bo Beep (Cally Medina), Little Miss Muffett (Leanne Taylor), Little Tommy Tucker (Chloe Sealey) and Little Polly Flinders (Lara Duhig) are getting ready for a Christmas with Mother Goose in their Book House.
The Famous Five are desperate for adventure and so they set out on mission to save a magical goose and make it back home to the book in time for Christmas.
Vernon Watson takes on the role of Mother Goose while Ed Shearer plays the villainous Kinda Giant Bossyboots.
Wendi Sheard, director of the show, told the Recorder: "We've always wanted to perform a pantomime and this one is great for children.
"All of the characters live with Mother Goose.
"She keeps calling them her little children and they begin to get fed up with it so she decides to come up with a story to entertain them."
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Mother Goose's Golden Christmas is one of the oldest stories to be turned into a pantomime.
Wendi said: "You've got a lot of recognisable characters with the big bad wolf, a fairy godmother and Humpty Dumpty makes a cameo.
"There's a lot of singing and dancing - it's a very colourful production."
Written by David Wood, Mother's Goose's Golden Christmas was first performed at Queen's Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch in the 1980s.
"All of the songs are original," said Wendi.
"The only song people will recognise is We Wish You a Merry Christmas at the start of the show."
The Ad Hoc Players is an amateur dramatics society based in Hornchurch.
Mother Goose's Golden Christmas will be performed at Brookside Theatre in Eastern Road from Thursday, January 9 to Saturday, January 11.
Visit brooksidetheatre.com or call 01708 755775 for tickets.