Saturday 16 December 2023

The Carthorse Orchestra Players 2023 pantomime

If you're not already on my mailing list and would like to join the audience for this year's show please leave your name and email address in the comments box at the foot of this blog.


Since 2020 The Carthorse Orchestra Players have been performing a live online pantomime every year, starting with a candle-lit production of A Christmas Carol:                            

From top left: DC, Andrew Zec, Kevin Davey, Laura Hopkins, Georgia and Kevin Boniface, Rónán Hession, Aea Varfis-van Warmelo, 
Emma Devlin, Amy McCauley, Melanie Pappenheim, Samule Skoog and audience. Composre Helen Ottaway is on the bottom row, second from right.

In 2021 we tackled Through the Looking-glass and last year a star-studded and action-packed production of Peter Pan.

This year we're not planning an adaptation of a much-loved (and out-of-copyright) classic, but have devised an entirely original script, developed by the cast and based very loosely on two other literary benchmarks. Do join us. If you're not already on the mailing list please leave your email address in the comments section at the foot of this blog. It's free to attend, and donations to The Trussell Trust are welcome.

                 The Carthorse Orchestra Players present

              THE MOUSEBOOK

    an end-of-the-year entertainment inspired by

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and The Notebook by Ágota Kristóf

        Thursday 28th December at 7pm

        CAST (in order of appearance)

              Celebrated author of Photo, Phyto, Proto, Nitro

                   MELISSA McCARTHY

            as the Curator


                        Man of a thousand voices

                       J O MORGAN 

                  as the British Broadcasting Corporation


        Introducing two newcomers from Dublin’s famed acting dynasty


      as KLAUS & LUKAS

 with a special guest appearance by MRS SINÉAD HESSION as their Mother


                   Huddersfield’s popular mirth-makers


  as GILES and MOLLIE RALSTON, bickering proprietors of Monkswell Manor

                  with MOLLY BONIFACE as Herself


 That ageless matinee idle



         “A hyperactive young man who acts in a very peculiar manner”


Straight from central casting


            as MRS BOYLE, the battle-axe with a heart of gold


                          “I don’t mind if I do”

        KEVIN DAVEY 

        as the bibulous MAJOR METCALF


            “Is she, or isn’t she?”


             as MISS CASEWELL, “a strange, aloof, masculine woman”


           That broth of a boy from the Emerald Isle

                      RÓNÁN HESSION

            as SIGNOR PARAVICINI, “a man of unknown provenance”


                           “‘ullo ‘ullo ‘ullo” 


             as DETECTIVE INSPECTOR TROTTER of Scotland Yard 


           Original music composed and performed by 

             HELEN OTTAWAY



   This production contains sudden violence and occasional foul language

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