Panto rubbish? Oh, no it isn't!

A winged eco-warrior is doing her bit to save the world - in a Norfolk pantomime.For the classic rags to riches story of Cinderella has got an extra character at Aylsham.

A winged eco-warrior is doing her bit to save the world - in a Norfolk pantomime.

For the classic rags to riches story of Cinderella has got an extra character at Aylsham. A recycling angel is trumpeting the town's pioneering campaign to replace plastic bags with more environmentally-friendly

ones.

So among the normal Cinders action involving a handsome prince, fairytale coach and glass slipper is the angel giving a stern ticking off to the ugly sisters, Ammonia and Acida, for using plastic bags on a shopping trip.


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Show writer Becky Hilton said the idea came as she put modern and local twist into the tale.

'I was trying to bring in a localism. I followed a bus with a picture of a recycling angel on the back and I thought 'that's it'.'

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The angel, played by Arlene Todd, gives the sisters bags for life after confiscating their plastic ones, in the show,' said Mrs Hilton.

'I thought it would be lovely to bring in something that's going on in the town, and get the

message across to a young audience.

'Pantos should be traditional but you have to bring them up to date. We have got references to 10 Years Younger and Tesco

too.

'I'm a great believer in being very traditional, but I've also written in a couple of debt collectors, a career- minded milkmaid who runs the dairy.'

The angel also leads by example by wearing a costume fashioned from old clothes, and sweet wrappers, made by textile students at the local high school.

And she even gets a chance to try on the slipper at the end - making her happy, not because she can marry the prince, but because

she can recycle it in the bottle bank.

Cinderella runs at the Bure Valley School, Aylsham from tonight until Saturday at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm show on Saturday. Tickets are available from James the Barber and Barnwells or call 01263 735915 for details.

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