Dick Turpin

A pantomime by Peter Webster
Wednesday 17 January 1996 - Saturday 20 January 1996
Faringdon Corn Exchange, Corn Market, Faringdon SN7 7JA
Directed by Peter Webster
Producer: Roger Leitch
Musical Director: Debra Warner

Performances start 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier.
Tickets were available from Breath of Spring (florist), 4a Market Place, Faringdon.

Imagine, if you will, a pantomime version of the Beggars Opera, featuring Jonathan Wild, magistrate, crook and chief of the Bow Legged Runners. We find him first of all taking Mr Cuff and Mr Bookem, two of his Runners, to task for failing to arrest anyone even on a trumped up charge. Then he moves on to encourage his gang to relieve the crowd of their valuables.

We are introduced to Chief Justice Milksop and his domineering wife; Milksop is relieved of his wallet by Moll, one of Wild’s gang, but she is seen by Jack, Dick’s servant. When milksop realises his loss he berates Wild for the level of crime in the streets, just as Dick arrives with Jenny, Milksop’s daughter, only to be accused of being the mastermind behind all the crimes. Jenny defends him, while we are treated to Mrs Milksop’s rather right wing views.

To read more or purchase the script visit the PetePanto.co.uk website.

Dick Turpin 1996 03

Carolyn Taylor ; Dave Headey; Carole Tappenden

Dick Turpin 1996 04

Kate Peer; Dave Headey; ?; Joshua Smith

Dick Turpin 1996 01

Ieuan Thomas; ?; ?; Geoff Tibbles; ?; ?; Roger Leitch

Dick Turpin 1996 02

Carolyn Taylor ; Kate Lord; Carole Tappenden; Emily Payn; Kate Peer; Geoff Tibbles

Dick Turpin 1996 06

Carole Tappenden; Carolyn Taylor

Dick Turpin 1996 08

Kate Lord; Christina Willett

Dick Turpin 1996 09

The courtroom scene

Dick Turpin 1996 05

Christina Willett; Robert Wentworth

Dick Turpin 1996 07

Kate Peer; Dave Headey

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

Cast (in order of appearance):

Mrs. Milksop - Kate Peer
Chief Justice Milksop - Dave Headey
Jonathan Wild - Ieuan Thomas
Cuff - Carolyn Taylor
Bookem - Carole Tappenden
McScrub - Geoff Tibbles
Charlie - Roger Leitch
Moll - Debbie Lock
Jack (Dick's servant) - Robert Wentworth
Dick Turpin - Kate Lord
Jenny Milksop - Christina Willett
Black Bess (a trusty steed) - Jo Webster; Joan Lee
Gentleman - James Barter
Lady - Kathryn Whiffen
Shady Character - Ben Lane
Butler - Joshua Smith
Maidservant - Sophie Ablitt
Foreman of the Jury - Emily Payn
Citizens - Naomi Bullock; Louise Booker; Simon Anderson; Gabriel Vogt
The Gang - Stephen Hughes; Crispin Iremonger; Poppy Lane; Jessica Lee; Hannah Logan; Mario Simmons
Dancers - Kelly Gardiner; Claire Gibbard; Emma Gilligan; Kirsty Hatton; Rebecca Lock; Emily Payn; Emma Stallard
Orchestra - Debra Warner; Jim Horton; Julian Probert; Zoe Ablitt; Felicity Hainge; Rachel Wells

See programme for further details.

Production No.120 (4 shows were performed over 4 days)