Seil panto brings the Bogeyman to life
The Bogeyman of Balvicar, Seil Drama Group’s third production, takes to the stage this Saturday, after their sell- out shows of The Pirates of Puilldobhrainn in 2015 and Cinderella of Seil in 2016. Written by Wendy Dugdale and John Colston, the panto follows the adventures of Boris the Bogeyman (Jan Wolffe) and Blair (Wendy Dugdale), assisted by Donkey (Jenn Brunner), while they battle arch villain Laird Longjohn of Ardlycapable (John Maclean).
Boris’s blissful existence is disturbed when a series of fairytale creatures including Red (Daisy Dugdale) and Pinnochio (Gavin Thorpe) are dumped in his bog. To get his solitude back Boris has to capture Princess Blair and deliver her to Laird Longjohn to marry.
A merry romp round Seil follows, avoiding the Big Bad Wolf (Mary Freer), with all the usual panto fun – oh, yes, there is – until true love wins the day and the show ends in a singsong.
The programme further explains: ‘ Cross the Clachan bridge – taking care not to fall into the stream of molten lava below – and you will find yourself on the magical Isle of Seil. But the fairytale creatures who live there are in desperate peril – the evil Laird Longjohn wants to send them into exile, and there’s a big bad wolf and a dragon to worry about as well.
‘Who can help them? And who will rescue the beautiful Princess trapped in the castle tower? And what of the mysterious bogeyman who stays in Balvicar bog? Can he fix it? Or will he just eat them all for breakfast?’
Debuting as director, George Houston moves from steering boats to steering the cast. With magical music by Maggie Thorpe, captivating costumes by Helen Glennie, and stunning scenery by Maura Rae and her team, the panto promises a great show for everyone.
There are two performances in Seil Island Community Hall on Saturday January 28, at 3pm and 7pm. The £ 5 tickets, which include ice- cream and soft drinks, are on sale at Balvicar Stores.