Seil panto brings the Bo­gey­man to life

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.

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