BOLSOVER: Drama group pushes the boat out for panto’s pirate adventure

Panto: Bolsover Drama group's production of Treasure island. from left, Louise Sutton, Derek Hulett and Nicky Constable.
Panto: Bolsover Drama group's production of Treasure island. from left, Louise Sutton, Derek Hulett and Nicky Constable.

AWARD-winning pantomimers are setting their sights on a victorious run as they push the boat out for their annual show.

AWARD-winning pantomimers are setting their sights on a victorious run as they push the boat out for their annual show.

Bolsover Drama Group’s seasonal spectacular has been voted best panto in the East Midlands region by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association for four years on the bounce.

Group chairman Mick Whitehouse said: “We are very proud of the awards.”

Now the pressure’s on to deliver another crowd-pleasing show. The group has opted for Treasure Island, written by Alan Frayn whose scripts they have followed for the past five years and which have helped to clinch the awards.

Chairman Mick, who is co-directing the show with his daughter Leanne, said: “We are using a lot of the stuff from Muppets: Treasure Island, songs like Shiver Me Timbers, Sailing For Adventure and Cabin Fever. We also do Greatest Day by Take That and Beyond the Sea by Robbie Williams in the panto.”

Mick added: “I normally like lots of colour in panto, like bright oranges, but in this panto it’s the characters that add the colour.”

The most colourful character is likely to be Dame Rosie Bloom, otherwise known as Ray Hall, 50. Building site manager Ray,of Nottingham, is looking forward to his debut as dame, after five pantos and four musicals with the group. He said: “It is the biggest part I have ever done. I like to play the dame in a Les Dawson way because I am baggy-eyed and a bit round of face. The dame is rather big breasted, wears lipstick and hasthree or four frocks.”

Derrick Hulett, 52, of Hillstown, Bolsover, has literally gone up in the world to play the role of crippled Long John Silver. He’ll be hobbling on stage balancing on a bar attached to one of his shoes and a built-up platform on the other. He said: “I work at an engineering place where they made me a steel bar to screw into a shoe and to compensate, the other shoe has been given a platform. I am normally 5ft 8ins and this has made me 6ft 1ins.”

Treasure Island is at The Bolsover School from January 22-26 at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 2. 15pm. Tickets £8 and £7 (concessions); contact 01246 850402.