December 12 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 24, 2013
From the realms of Norfolk’s history and legends to the pantomime stage, the Queen of the Iceni is to be the star of a new show – oh yes she is!
Boudicca The Pantomime is the idea of local collective The Common Lot, who want to bring back to life with a slapstick twist the story of the Iron Age warrior queen who ruled the Iceni people of eastern England and led a major uprising against the Romans.
The group – who previously entertained people in Norwich’s parks with their musical version of Kett’s Rebellion – are now looking for a cast for their latest theatrical venture.
It is set to be performed in January next year at Norwich Arts Centre.
The show, which will be suitable for all ages, is described as a merry mix of song, slapstick and historical fact, and full of tribal rivalry and custard pie cruelty.
Simon Floyd, who will direct the show, said: “We are very keen to do something for Norwich with a local twist. Boudicca is a story I have wanted to do for ages and it is a good local tale.
“Everyone associates the region with Boudicca and, with comedy Romans and rebels rising, it will make for a great pantomime with lots of local gags.”
He said the production side of things was already well under way, and that they were holding auditions for the cast on Sunday, September 8 at Norwich Arts Centre.
“It’s a real local effort with lots of people getting involved and donating their time,” he said.
“We have got a really good production team – and now we just need a cast of about 20 people.
“We are looking for everything from the pantomime horse to the dame.
“People do not need to have any previous experience, just the ability to commit to the show and lots of enthusiasm.”
• The auditions on Sunday, September 8 are open to anyone aged 14 and over, and people should sign up for an audition in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.facebook.com/TheCommonLot
• Boudicca The Pantomime is due to be performed at Norwich Arts Centre, in St Benedict’s Street, from January 14 to 18 next year.