Panto: That’s the way to do it!

The cast of Punch & Judy
The cast of Punch & Judy

The cast of the Winslow Players’ latest production are set to make a show of themselves in this year’s pantomime.

Punch and Judy takes place from Thursday to Saturday, February 5 to 7, in Winslow Public Hall.

It’ is being directed by Winslow woman Derry French, with a cast of about 30, including seven children.

Ms French, who first wrote the show in 2001, has reworked it considerably for this production.

She said: “It’s brilliant, it’s going very well and it’s going to be a lot of fun.

“It’s been such a ball all the way through.

“It’s good family entertainment and I think everyone will enjoy it.”

Mr Punch is left looking after the children whilst trying to run The Punch and Judy Inn, all under the watchful eye of the jobsworths who feel he is sadly lacking in both fields.

Ms French said: “There are three smugglers who are identical triplets and two beauty therapists who are identical twins and the twins and triplets are brothers and sisters.

“It’s quite confusing to try and describe it but in my brain it does actually make sense.

“All the ingredients of a Punch and Judy show are there but twisted round. It’s colourful and it’s huge fun.

“Punch gets his comeuppance in the end.

The show has “lots of fantastic songs”, said Ms French, as well as original incidental music composed by musician Tim McSweeney.

“Every group has its own little theme tune,” said Ms French. “They’re brilliant, they really are.”

Performances are at 7.30pm on the Thursday and Friday, and at 1pm and 8pm on the Saturday.

Tickets priced £6 to £8 are on sale from Divine Diva, on Winslow High Street or via the ticket hotline on 07745 223365.