Panto with a Western twist hits Swinford’s stage

Volunteers from the area will star in the production
Volunteers from the area will star in the production
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There’s fun and frolics to be had in Swinford this weekend as the pantomime takes to the village stage.

‘The Good, the Bad and the Panto’ is a traditional panto with a Western twist.

Every year SODS (Swinford Operatic and Drama Society) pulls together as a voluntary organisation set up to allow local adults and children alike the chance to get involved in panto.

Guy Finch, a surgeon who plays the loveable pantomime Dame, said: “It’s good to move away from a traditional pantomime for a change this year and there’s a surprising amount of ‘panto-philic’ (I said philic) material in the old Wild West.

“Hoe-downs are much easier to learn than last year’s psychedelic Bavarian trick dance and we also have the usual quantities of silliness, slapstick, punnery and a smattering of double-entendres, as expected.”

Lily Finch, 12, is part of this year’s comedy double act.

She said: “It’s lots of fun, very friendly and really good for the community.”

Chorus girl Evie Finch, nine, said: “I absolutely love doing it and hope I can do it again next year. At practices we have loads of fun and I enjoy all the dances.”

Ebby Sezen, the ‘hero’, is a surgical care practitioner from Turkey who said: “I wish I could speak English properly, it would be so much easier to learn my words!”

Simon Ragsdale is a local dentist and plays El Loco, the baddie.

Performance times are 7.30pm each of these days and 3pm matinee on both Saturdays.

Tickets £7 adults, £4 children, £20 family ticket (2+2)

They are available from (01788) 869140 or (01788) 860318.