The Pantomime Society of Great Bedwyn
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 Great Bedwyn
Bruce and Crispin staring in
Bring me Sunshine



Directed by Jane Heather. Produced by Lesley Hitchman.

Relaxing with a glass of red from the well run bar and after being welcomed warmly from front of house I waited in my seat with anticipation. For seven years running the Panto crew had never failed to take our breath away!!!!!

I was once again not disappointed! Mad, mesmerising and pure Panto.

Immediately there is a sense of anticipation as the lights go down. We are all drawn into the enchanting tale of Sleeping Beauty. The King and Queen of Hearts hold court with baby Snowdrop and from here the magical tale unravels....

The King and Queen are a funny old pair, entertain us with an amusing rendition of “Yesterday”.

No Panto would be complete without a Dame and Marigold is um.....unusual. She flaunts, she taunts and if you are a man beware. With a tight perm and even tighter leopard skin trousers she is a riot. Alongside her ever suffering son Andy keeping her in check.

The three fairies Rose-Petal, Blossom and Tulip are a constant source of hilarity, stomping around in a most un-fairy like way! Sometimes with their tu tu’s too too high........

The Evil one Poison Ivy had the audience booing and hissing like maniacs. By now we had chosen our side and it's like one big theatrical party.

The Handsome Prince Rupert, with his two side kicks Maurice (FAB Allo Allo french accent) and cute Baskerville his ever loyal hound, save the day by kissing Princess Snowdrop whose solo has the audience spellbound. All this is supported entirely by the very talented chorus, who has the audience belting out some classics. Ruby, Nora and Doris keep the gossip going through out the performance, and we love them for it.

It would be wonderful to name all who make this the production that it is, a crew of talented, hard working, like minded people working together to create another Great Bedwyn Masterpiece for 2014. LONG MAY THEY CONTINUE to contribute their time, talent and efforts not just for our pleasure but for the Charities they continue to support. You’re ALL stars.

Courtesy must still go of course to the different areas that make it the beautiful, colourful, majestic spectacle it is. Fabulous eye catching set. Amazing artwork and props. Rich authentic costumes. Great expert backstage production. Lighting and sound. Creative makeup and hair. Direction and Production. Well stocked friendly bar. Box Office and Front of House. Last but not least the magic weaving, enchanting cast.

But thanks must go to Jane Heather for PANTO being alive and well in Great Bedwyn.

SO...if you have not had the lavish, side splitting, sing a long experience yet, there’s always next year.


Reviewed and loved by Mags Hunter

Dick Whittington



This year the Pantomime Society of Great Bedwyn (PSGB) staged Dick Whittington by Steve Arnott and Michael Harrison. The script was fresh and well constructed with the usual mixture of vintage jokes and slap stick capers. Deborah Lester-George was both outrageous and brilliant as Sarah the Cook whilst the beautiful singing voices of Fiona Scott MacArthur (Dick Whittington) and Serena Dundas (Alice Fitzwarren) brought tears to quite a few of the audience's eyes. Alderman Fitzwarren was dashingly played by debutant Jonathan Welch and Crispin Herrod-Taylor played the dark and menacing King Rat who, together with the chorus, sang a brilliant version of the Boomtown Rats classic “Rat Trap”.


The spirit of fairytale and fantasy were ably portrayed by Carla Bremner as Fairy Bow Bells and Francesca Nunn as Tommy the Cat. Meanwhile, Freddie Good (Jack) used all his charm and brilliant comic timing to woo the audience. No pantomime would be complete without a comic double act and this year it was the turn of Sue Kershaw as Captain and Sophie King as Mr Mate to make us all laugh. Then to round it all off, the big number at the end was "I Like To Move It" preformed by the fabulously talented chorus and the funky Sultan of Morocco (Kevin Challen).


This year's production was even more polished and technically sharp than previous years thanks to Rob Braybrooke (Stage Manager) and Colin Gardner (Lighting). For me, a highlight was the fabulous dancing fish scene which was skilful created by the set team (Clare Cunningham, Steph Hudson, Yvonne Ward and Alison Dewar) with choreography by Cicely Herod-Taylor and Jane Heather. A special mention must go to Di Braybrooke (with additional support from Helen Lane and Suzanne Graham) who again created some fabulous costumes from modest resources.


Above all, thanks to the dedicated directorship of Jane Heather the PSGB continues to bring a lot of fun to a lot of people with a well balanced blend of past performers and new debutants helping to keep the society open to all.


If that wasn't enough the PSGB has, over the years, made a valuable contribution to charity and local organisations. Well done everyone and long may you continue to bring fun, laughter and fund raising to this corner of Wiltshire.


Jonathan Hitchman













The Pantomime Society of Great Bedwyn got a mention on Terry Wogan for both Panto's.

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