Cley pantomime celebrates nursery rhyme tales

Characters from Mother Hubbard and the King's Pantaloons pantomime.

Characters from Mother Hubbard and the King's Pantaloons pantomime. - Credit: Archant

Popular nursery rhymes have been put together to create a family pantomime with a difference.

The Cley Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) will be performing Mother Hubbard and the King's Pantaloons at Cley Village Hall tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 8pm. A Saturday matinee will be staged at 3pm.

Tickets cost £7 for adults and £3 for children and can be bought from Made in Cley shop in the village.

The Friday night show is in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

CADS was formed in 1983 and its first performance was the Gilbert and Sullivan comedy opera Trail by Jury.

Anne Pegg, founder of CADS, said: 'Mother Hubbard and the King's Pantaloons is a family pantomime but not a traditional one.'

It was written by Sheila Rudgley, from Blakeney, who has directed the show and has written pantomimes for CADS in the past.

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The story line has raided various nursery rhyme themes and come up with a wacky amalgamation of Goldilocks, Three Bears, Mother Hubbard.

Other characters include a wicked inventor played by North Norfolk Radio presenter Graham Lewis; a lovelorn assistant called Miss Frobisher played by Kerri Clarke; and a dotty royal couple played by Di Garner and John Miekle.

Cast members come from Fakenham, Briston, Sheringham, Holt and Langham and range from children to grandparents.

Teenager Emily Youngs, from Fakenham, who plays the princess has won a sixth form drama scholarship to Gresham's School.

Molly Banham, 18, from Blakeney, who plays Goldilocks, is currently studying a performing arts course at Norwich City College.

Songs in the pantomime include hits from Elvis, Cliff Richard, Status Quo, Bonnie Tyler, Jessie J and the musical Cabaret.

CADS has always performed an annual pantomime and has always raised money for charity.

In the past it has donated money to Blakeney Housing Association and Thornage Hall, near Holt, which teaches technical skills to people with learning disabilities.

Anyone interested in joining CADS should ring Sheila Rudgley on 01263 741338 or John Roebuck on 01263 713248. Visit