Princess and goblins in fantasy tale filmed in north Norfolk
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Goblins, and princess and a magical great-great-grandmother all play their part in an epic fantasy which is now being filmed in north Norfolk.
Norwich-based Goblin Market Theatre Company is producing a movie version of The Princess and the Goblin in the ruins of Binham Priory, a 940-year-old site which was home to a community of monks for almost 400 years.
Donna Triggs, producer/director, said the week-long filming with the cast of around 12 was going well.
Ms Triggs said: "It's really exciting. The goblins have now been on set, which is the most fun bit. It took three hours to get them through makeup - to get them green and get their ears on. We can't wait to share the finished result with families in Norfolk."
Among the actors are Keira Painter, who plays Princess Irene, and Elijah Watmough, both of whom are sixth form students at Paston College in North Walsham.
The theatre company performed the play at Holkham Estate last year and is turning it into a film thanks to an Arts Council grant.
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The story was penned by Scottish writer George MacDonald, who was one of the pioneers of the fantasy genre in the Victoria era and was a mentor to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll and The Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis.
Ms Triggs said: "George MacDonald isn't as well known as he should be, because The Goblin and the Princess directly inspired the Narnia books, and there are some real similarities between those books and the allegory in this story.
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"On one level, it's about a girl who is captured by goblins, and a brave miner boy and his magical great-great-grandmother rescue her.
"On another level, it's about a girl who is rescued by her faith, her courage and her belief."
Ms Triggs said some cast members played two roles.
She said: "One of the themes of the story is that the humans and goblins think they're really different but they're actually quite similar, so I've symbolised that by having some humans play goblin roles as well."
Ms Triggs said she wanted to thank Binham Parochial Church Council for the support they had given the project.
She said the film would be offered to local schools to view.