Star-studded panto packed with laughs

Krystina Johnson, Jayne Allsop, Joanna Hanby and Hazel Baldwin in Bonsall panto
Krystina Johnson, Jayne Allsop, Joanna Hanby and Hazel Baldwin in Bonsall panto

IN this year’s Bonsall PTFA pantomime of Dick Whittington, there were goodies, baddies and most of all – laughs!

An audience of all ages from the village came hustling and bustling to their seats ready for a good night out and they weren’t let down! There were star-studded performances from the whole cast.

Being an occupant of the village, I saw many familiar faces although I did notice what seemed to be a rather strange looking woman, (whom I hadn’t yet met), playing the role of cook. I soon found out this was Mark Sobey, my close neighbour. He was an hilariously funny dame who somehow got permission to squirt the audience with water time and time again! The lead role of Dick was played by Hazel Webster, of Uppertown, and her sidekick, a very relaxed cat called Tommy, was played by Claire McDowell. They were both superb.

As the unlikely trio travelled to Morocco to meet a prince with a dodgy moustache, (played brilliantly by Dave Hanby), they were forced to meet with Neptune in order to safeguard their journey. It wasn’t until the end of this scene that I realised that Neptune was played by a well-disguised Mrs Murhall (my teacher!) – that’s what I call acting!

I have only mentioned a few of the fantastic performances that helped pull together a fabulous show like this one and I don’t think anyone in Bonsall can wait for next year!

Josef Whitfield

(Age 11)