Double helping of fun for villagers

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PANTO fans in a north Derbyshire village have a double helping of fun this month.

PANTO fans in a north Derbyshire village have a double helping of fun this month.

Hasland Theatre Company are performing The Adventures of Robin Hood, which opened on Friday, January 11, and the Community Players’ annual charity fundraising panto starts on January 24.

Sue Godsell, who is directing The Adventures of Robin Hood, said: “Panto is often a child’s first experience of panto and I just love it.

“It has got to be 12 years since the company last did a panto. Myself and a couple of other members felt it was time we did another one so we actively pushed for it and the committee agreed.”

Sue has previously directed plays for the company but this will be her first experience of directing a panto.

The Adventures of Robin Hood at The Playhouse on Storforth Lane, Hasland, is on course to be a sell-out show.

The Community Players’ choice of panto this year is Hansel and Gretel, which will be staged at the Storforth Lane playhouse.

Formed 24 years ago when it was composed of community health staff, the group has since raised £50,000 for local charities.

Original members Ruth Sullivan (actor) and Mick Wiltshier (stage manager) are still with the group.

The Community Players always write and perform their own scripts. Imelda Cole, who joined the group in 1996, is the fourth writer to have penned scripts for the group.