Saffron Walden pantomime raises money for Haiti children

PUBLISHED: 15:23 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 22:08 31 May 2010

A SPECIAL pantomime performance in Saffron Walden Town Hall has raised more than £640 for children in Haiti. The Saffron Players have donated the money raised from Treasure Island to the Unicef appeal for children affected by the earthquake. Writer

A SPECIAL pantomime performance in Saffron Walden Town Hall has raised more than £640 for children in Haiti.

The Saffron Players have donated the money raised from Treasure Island to the Unicef appeal for children affected by the earthquake.

Writer and producer Mary Curtis said: "I would like to express a personal thanks to all the cast, backstage teams and front of house team who made the show such a dynamic and happy experience for everyone."

Reviewer Rowena Lee described the production as a "lively and entertaining romp" with a "slick and fast-paced plot" which ticked all the right boxes for a Great British pantomime.

Special mention was made for panto dame Nurse Delilah Nightingale, played in style by Pete Gray, who had a series of fabulous outfits any of which would enliven the wards at Addenbrook's Hospital in Cambridge!

Making his stage debut, 13-year-old Wilfred Sperryn was delightfully enthusiastic as cheeky Jim Hawkins and was supported by Millie Davies, playing Rosie, his singing and dancing partner in crime.

A particularly entertaining moment, said Rowena, was the 'ships got talent' scene with three stowaway witches as the judges, complete with buzzers and lighted Xs when the acts got too gruesome.

The next production from the Saffron Players will be performed in the Town Hall in June with auditions being held soon. For more information visit their website www.saffronplayers.co.uk or contact saffronplayers@hotmail.co.uk

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