The Pied Piper

Production Date: December 2005
Directed by: Daphne Waugh

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Once upon a time, in a small village in England, there lived a lady with a magic pen. The lady had written all sorts of things that made people laugh and one year her friends asked her to write a play for them to perform, at Christmas time, so that all their friends and families could come and share in the laughter. And that was how the Wychwood Pantomime was born. For many years Wychwood villagers have had the chance to perform and show off unsuspected talents for singing, dancing and slapstick comedy. The first performers were the WI and later (when men became essential) the Wychwood Players.

Thanks for this cheerful and irreverent tradition go to Daphne Waugh who started it all and persisted in making us all laugh for many years. Daphne has created a huge cast of characters over the years, the Penguins who appeared in everything including a show set on a desert island; pantomime cows; very large pink fairies; and the ever popular Commuters whose dazzling dancing skills and masterful renditions of classic lyrics had the audience rolling in the aisles.

Daphne has decided that this is her last pantomime and we hope that you will do what she has always wanted the cast and audience at her pantomimes to do — enjoy yourselves, join in the fun, share the laughter and applaud loudly — and don’t take all the sweets.

Thank you Daphne for all the enjoyment you have brought to audiences over the years — you have been a star.


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