All aboard panto to celebrate landmark

Thurgoland Thespians are staging their 30th panto 'Robinson Crusoe' this week at Thurgoland Village Hall. Pictured is rehearsals are.Pictured are the next era of Thespians!!
Thurgoland Thespians are staging their 30th panto 'Robinson Crusoe' this week at Thurgoland Village Hall. Pictured is rehearsals are.Pictured are the next era of Thespians!!
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THREE generations of families will be taking to the stage tonight as a village pantomine group celebrates 30 years of performing.

Thurgoland Thespians’ production of Robinson Crusoe will be launched to an invitation-only crowd, with open shows continuing all this week in Thurgoland, Barnsley.

Thurgoland Thespians are staging their 30th panto 'Robinson Crusoe' this week at Thurgoland Village Hall. Pictured is rehearsals are.Pictured are principals in this years show

Thurgoland Thespians are staging their 30th panto 'Robinson Crusoe' this week at Thurgoland Village Hall. Pictured is rehearsals are.Pictured are principals in this years show

Four founding members from 1983 are still involved with the production, which also features more than 40 youngsters.

This year stalwart David Denton plays Dame Chrissie Crusoe, Terry Frank is Blackpatch the Pirate, Margaret Denton is Demon Oyslick and Joan Methley will be the prompter keeping everyone on cue.

Pantomine director Nick Hibberd thanked the four founder members, and all members past and present, for their contributions.

He said: “Thurgoland is a traditional village community where each of the differing groups and activities cross over.

“As a result of this community life we are now seeing third generation members coming through, as grandchildren take to the stage for the first, second and even third time alongside older relatives.”

Some money raised by the production will go towards the £8,000 needed for repair works to Thurgoland Village Hall’s drains.

The panto follows Robinson Crusoe’s voyage from Hull docks to the Island of Tobago, where he hopes to locate hidden treasure.

Tickets are on sale for shows on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7.15pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm. Call 0114 288 8485 or 0114 288 5037.