Fee Fi Fo Fum...Saffron Players pantomime is being performed at the town hall

PUBLISHED: 14:17 04 January 2011

Ellie Walton as Dame Trott and Keira Gibson as Jack

Ellie Walton as Dame Trott and Keira Gibson as Jack


FEE Fi Fo Fum...Saffron Players pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk is being performed in the town from next Friday.

The cast are currently busy with their final rehearsals, the back stage crew are working on the scenery, and the last sequins are being sewn on the costumes – all that is needed now is an enthusiastic audience ready to have an evening of fun!

Directed by Ian Walton, and with a mixed cast ranging from age nine to 70-plus, Jack and the Beanstalk is brilliant New Year’s fun for all the family.

A Saffron Players spokesman said: “The panto we did last year – Treasure Island – was a real success with sell out performances. We hope for that again.

Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional pantomime, with jolly japes, custard pies and lots of audience participation and I think that is people love about it. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser.”

The only difference to this year’s pantomime is that Dame Trott is being played by Ellie Walton, not a man although “equally funny”.

The rest of the pantomime follows tradition for Saffron Players, including the venue. For 20 years the group has performed at Saffron Walden Town Hall which, added the spokesman, “is a beautiful building that creates the perfect pantomime atmosphere”.

The play is being performed on:

January 14, 7.30pm

January 15, 2.30pm and 6.30pm

January 16, 2.30pm

January 21, 7.30pm

January 22, 2.30pm and 6.30pm

Tickets are on sale in the Tourist Information Centre in the Market Square and are £6 each or £5 on the first night and for bookings of 10 or more. Any profits that come out of the performances are donated to charity.

Pictured are Ellie Walton as Dame Trott and Keira Gibson as Jack. Other roles are played by newcomer to the group Jack Riordan who is Simon, Alice Clemens as Princess Rose, Debbie Dowsett as Petunia, Robert Pringle as the evil Fleshcreep, and John Byatt as the Giant Blunderbore.

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