Islanders are being urged to drop anchor, batten down the hatches, strap on a tinsel lifebelt and make their way to the Trinity Theatre in Cowes for the annual Christmas extravaganza, Pirates of the Panto.
A sparkling pantomime full of songs, jokes, treasure trove chases, disco dancing competitions is set to be a superb start to the run-up for Christmas and this year’s panto, organised by the Cowes Opera and Drama Society, will be a particularly momentous one.
Trinity Church Hall was built for the Holy Trinity Church in 1914, and eventually became the home of the Cowes Opera and Drama Society. The Christmas show that year was The Mikado and while it was being rehearsed the world situation deteriorated to a point when war was inevitable. For some of the men who appeared in that 1914 production, it was their last performance.
Mike Buckett, president of CAODS, said:
“Our crew of bloodthirsty actors and actresses was Shanghaied in a well-known local hostelry and have been busy sharpening their cutlasses and lines for this year’s show, which will open early December.
“Trinity Theatre has long been the creative heart of Cowes and our pirate crew is prepared to fight for it and over-act – to the death!”
“I’m glad to say we have a complete archive of all our posters and programmes which we are currently sorting out for a future exhibition.
“The pride of place will go to that 1914 Christmas show. If there is anyone whose family was involved in that historical production, we’d love to hear from them.”
Performances of Pirates of the Panto show at 19:30 on Friday 5th & 12th December, as well as at 14:30 on Saturday 6th & 13th. A further performance is showing at 17:00 on Sunday 14th December.
Tickets are £8 per adult, £5 for under 16s and £22 for a family ticket consisting of 2 adults and 2 children.