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Panto stars have a wail of a time with Babes

08 December, 2017 — By Helen Chapman

From left, nine-year-olds Dylan, Emily, Josephine and Felix

A CHURCH’S community pantomime returns for its 24th year this Christmas.

The production, Babes in the Wailing Wood, at St George and All Saints Church in Crayford Road, Tufnell Park, has made one or two additions to the familiar story, somehow weaving in Frankenstein, Freud and even Karl Marx.

It is being put on as collaborative effort between children and parents – and a local councillor also taking a role.

Councillor Kat Fletcher, left, with Liz Case

Labour councillor Kat Fletcher said: “I been a part of this since 2013. We did Alice in Wonderland and I played Wonderland’s local councillor. They’ve written me a cameo every year since. It’s so joyful – it’s the thing I look forward to in December the more than anything else. There’s such a sense of community. We have a lot of fun rehearsing it and even more fun putting it on.”

Catherine McGowan, who helped produce the pantomime, said: “Everybody gives their time completely voluntarily. The script is written by someone local, all the songs are written specially for the show and everyone pitches in.”

The cast includes children from nearby schools, mostly Yerbury and Tufnell Park.

Jessica Parnes, nine, said: “I’m playing Marie Curie. It’s really fun!”

Tickets can be purchased on the door for Friday (8th) and Saturday (9th). Performances start at 7.30pm.

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