Baslow Players give children’s tale a twist

Baslow Players rehearse 3 Little Pigs CSI in Fairy Godmother's kitchen. Pictured are: left to right: Sally Myatt, Jackie White, Mary Russell and Ash Sharman.

Baslow Players rehearse 3 Little Pigs CSI in Fairy Godmother's kitchen. Pictured are: left to right: Sally Myatt, Jackie White, Mary Russell and Ash Sharman.

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A favourite children’s story has been given a twist to provide plenty of intrigue in Baslow Players’ pantomime which opened this week.

The players are presenting Three Little Pigs CSI, written by Zoe Wareham and Robin Proudfoot, in their sixth creative collaboration for the company.

Zoe said: “Our little pigs’ story starts at the end, the wolf has fallen down the chimney, into the boiling water, is in pain, the police come and the whole business goes to court.

“Act One is the pigs side (prosecution), Act 2 is Wolfie’s defence. I am the judge, the audience are the jury.

“In our writing, we aim for colour, very strong songs, magic, story twists and contemporary scenarios.

“This has been especially written for Baslow Players and Baslow Village Hall whose stage is wide and shallow and really has no wings but has excellent access into the audience so we make a big thing of that.

“Probably half of this year’s production is in front of the closed curtain, encroaching into the audience space.”

The panto features a 17-strong cast, two performers of whom are under ten and the oldest in their 60s.

Baslow Players have been putting on pantomimes since 1996, minus a couple in recent years.

Zoe added: “It is our intention to do a panto every year and we are already planning next year’s.”

You can catch 3 Little Pigs CSI at the village hall until Saturday, February 8.

Performances are at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets £6 and £4. To book, call 01246 583460.

n Baslow Players rehearse 3 Little Pigs CSI. Pictured are (left to right) Sally Myatt, Jackie White, Mary Russell and Ash Sharman.