Ribchester panto promises swashbuckling affair

Dave Proctor playing the dame during rehearsals for RATS' pantomime.
Dave Proctor playing the dame during rehearsals for RATS' pantomime.
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Ribchester Amateur Theatrical Society (RATS) is all set to stage its annual, family friendly pantomime - this year entitled ‘Treasure Island & The Se7en Deadly Frenchmen’.

Written by William Thomas, he returns to the director’s chair after last year’s highly praised ‘Little Red Riding Hood: The Wolf of Water Street’.

This adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic promises to be a swashbuckling affair with one or two contemporary twists and plenty of betrayals.

David Proctor returns as the Dame and is the mother of hero Jim Hawkins, played by Chrissy Collinson. Support is offered by love interest Scarlet (Suzannah Rogerson) and Catherine (Frances Lamburn). The classic character of Long John Silver is played with gusto and zeal by Martin Smith. Main pantomime baddie, however, is Captain Blackbeard who, although not an original feature of the book, is added for more story depth, twists and turns, played by National Operatic and Dramatic Association winner Steven Johnson following his success as ‘Wolfie’ in last year’s panto. Anne Rogerson and her son, Luke Rogerson, provide bumbling comedy slapstick as Captain Blackbeard’s henchmen. The Se7en Deadly Frenchmen are headed up by Emma Smith and newcomers Olivia and Sam Roper, who have to be seen to be believed! Paul Bell provides stella support, there is a strong chorus and the production team comprises Sue Cronshaw, Toni Robinson, Alec Milne, John Sharples, Jenny Berry and Peter Kendrick.

The panto is being staged at Ribchester Village Hall on January 28, 29 and 30 and February 4, 5 and 6 at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on February 6. Tickets, available from 01254 878530, are selling well.