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.