Dame and villain from this year’s Hunstanton pantomime take to the streets to promote the show

PUBLISHED: 16:52 27 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:26 28 October 2015

Hunstanton community pantomime cast members out in the town to promote this year's show. Picture: Ian Burt

Hunstanton community pantomime cast members out in the town to promote this year's show. Picture: Ian Burt


A pantomime dame and villain have celebrated the launch of their Christmas spectacular by pounding the pavements in costume.

Cast members of the upcoming Hunstanton pantomime The Shoemaker and the Elves were out and about filming a promotional video they hope will take off on social media.

John Giller, writer, director and dame, and John Wrigley, who plays the villain, Lord Darkness, whipped up some excitement – in full handmade costume – at some of the town’s hotspots.

The video, filmed by Mark Hesling, captured a day in the life of Dame Kitty Litter as she visited a salon to get her legs waxed, got her hair done at Anita’s Salon, enjoyed a break at the Copper Kettle and did her shopping at Tesco.

The crew also made a stop to present a cheque to Redgate Junior School from last year’s proceeds.

Mr Wrigley, who concocted the plan, said the object was to make a video they could show on their Facebook page and website.

He added they were trying to move with the times by reaching as many people as they could online.

The 47-year-old said it was a community pantomime and they liked to get everybody involved, adding they had a cast of around 30 people, with the youngest being only five and the oldest in their 60s.

He said: “Everywhere we went was so amazing, they were so happy to see us. We had to rehearse that night and we were bouncing.

“We wanted to do the biggest unveil we possibly could and to do that you have to get out into the community.

“Everybody joined in the fun.”

Mr Wrigley, who lives in Sedgeford, said people approached the crew and told them they were looking forward to going to the pantomime, which this year is a twist on the book The Elves and the Shoemaker.

“John likes to take a story and put a different spin on it. We don’t do what you might call a traditional pantomime,” he said.

The pantomime will be shown from December 27 to December 30 at Hunstanton Town Hall.

Adult tickets will be £8, child tickets £6 and the family saver ticket will be £25.

Tickets will be available soon at Cherry Tree Chocolates and the Hunstanton Tourist Information Centre.

Go to www.hunstanton for more information or search for The Hunstanton Pantomime on Facebook.

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