Babes in the Wood

(or Trouble at the Palace!)

A pantomime by Peter Webster
Thursday 13 February 1992 - Saturday 15 February 1992
& Thursday 20 February 1992 - Saturday 22 February 1992
Faringdon Community Theatre, The Pump House, 5 Market Place, Faringdon
Directed by Peter Webster
Producer: Helen Barter
Musical Director: Debra Warner

Performances start 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier. Matinée on Saturdays only.
Tickets were available from Faringdon Travel, 11 Market Place, Faringdon.

Babes In Wood 1992 1This version of “Babes in the Wood” is loosely based on the story of Robin Hood and his merry men. The King and Queen have to make a tour of their royal realm and make the mistake of leaving both their kingdom and the Prince and Princess in the hands of the scheming Count. Their day-to-day care is left with their nurse, Mrs Custard-Pigh and the children’s fairy godmother. Robin of Locksley steps in to warn the King and Queen that the Count is plotting against them, but is banished for his pains.

No sooner have the King and Queen left on their travels, than the Count puts his plans into action by hiring two villains, Messrs Rough and Ready, neither of whom would be a success on Master Mind. Their plans are overheard by Marian, the maid, who with Mrs Custard-Pigh escapes with the children into the forest.

Babes In Wood 1992 CuttingThis is the first pantomime written by member Peter Webster (and there are many more to come). He wrote this article that appeared in the Faringdon Folly for January 1992, entitled “Home-grown pantomime”

To read more or purchase the script visit the website.

Babes In Wood 1992 2

Joan Lee; Brenda Keith-Walker; Ruth Willett; Louise Benton

Babes In Wood 1992 4

Brenda Keith-Walker; Debbie Lock; Jemima Headey

Babes In Wood 1992 3

Brenda Keith-Walker; Ruth Willett; Jemima Headey; Debbie Lock; Louise Benton

Babes In Wood 1992 5

Joan Lee; Annabelle Wills; Ben Probert

Babes In Wood 1992 7

Debbie Lock; Jemima Headey

Babes In Wood 1992 8

Debbie Lock as Robin of Locksley

Babes In Wood 1992 9

Nigel Keith-Walker; Joan Lee

Photographs by kind permission of Ian Smith (founder of the ‘Faringdon Folly’ newspaper)

Cast (in order of appearance):

Queen Bohemia - Jeni Summerfield
King Eric the Idle - Dave Headey
Mrs Custard-Pigh (a nurse) - Brenda Keith-Walker
Count Tofifty - Ieuan Thomas
The Prince - Ben Probert
The Princess - Annabelle Wills
Fairy Godmother - Ruth Willett
Robin of Locksley - Debbie Lock
Marian (a maid) - Jemima Headey
Mr Rough (a villain) - Alistair Warner
Mr Ready (another villain) - Barry Willett
Princess' Dog - Louise Benton
Count Dracula - Nigel Keith-Walker
The Witch - Joan Lee
Little John - Philip Hurst
Friar Tuck - Rory Willett
Will Scarlett - Louise Butler
1st Guard - Naomi Whale
2nd Guard - Sandra Carter
Citizen - Sarah Nutbrown
Herald - Matthew Summerfield
Bat - Emily Church
Beetle - Steven Pugh
Snake - Anna Mackenzie
Dancers - Claire Green; Sally Heasman; Lisa Moore; Andrea Pargeter; Tane Smith; Christina Willett
Courtiers - Sandra Carter; Emily Church; Anna Mackenzie; Steven Pugh; Matthew Summerfield; Naomi Whale
Outlaws - Zoe Clarke; Heather Gillies; Claire Holland; Kirk Holland; Penny Lee; Sarah McDougall; Christopher Mumby; Sarah Nutbrown; Andrea Smith; Paul Summerfield; Rachel Wills; Emma Woolford
Orchestra - Debra Warner; John Sirrell; Joyce Carter; Rob Pratt; Mandy Woolman; Helen Noyce

See programme for further details.

Production No.107 (8 shows were performed over 6 days)