Aylsham panto a tribute to writer

It's panto-time at Aylsham this month with the revival of a show last seen in the town 15 years ago.The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe was written by a former local hotelier and comedy writer David Newman, well-known for penning and directing the panto, and creating some of the comic songs on the Two Ronnies television show.

It's panto-time at Aylsham this month with the revival of a show last seen in the town 15 years ago.

The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe was written by a former local hotelier and comedy writer David Newman, well-known for penning and directing the panto, and creating some of the comic songs on the Two Ronnies television show.

Staged by Aylsham Players, the fun production will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care in memory of Mr Newman and another former Players member Shirley Jennings.

It features headmistress of Wellington College, Dame Nellie Upshaw, played by Peter Spink, who tries to teach a school full of naughty nursery rhyme characters.


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Hero Jack (Jo Chandler) must rescue Bo Peep (Natasha Overton) from the clutches of a dastardly thief who has stolen the magic rainbow which keeps the local village safe.

And Old King Cole makes an appearance - doing an Ofsted-style inspection of the school's standards.

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The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe is being staged at Bure Valley School, Hungate Street, Aylsham, from Thursday, February 18 to Saturday, February 20 at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets �6 (concessions �4,

Thursday night and Saturday matinee only) available from Barnwells' Newsagents and James the Barber in Aylsham Market Place or call 01263 731695.

Pictured are some of the naughty pupils, from left, Marjorie Daw (Angela Arscott), Tommy Tucker (Graham Blyth), Mary Mary (Becky Hilton), and Simple Simon (Tracey Overton).

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