A community theatre group is combining two classic tales to create pantomime fun – and raising money for two great local charities.
The Deadpan Players, based in Escrick near York, are passionate about having fun and celebrating community spirit, and they’re set to just do that with their fourth pantomime: Treasure Island – The Legacy of Scrooge.
It will be staged at Queen Margaret’s School in Escrick on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 January.
All proceeds will be donated to the charities Candlelighters, who support families facing children’s cancer, and Men’s Shed, who support men’s mental health.
The Deadpan Players was founded in 2018 by John Kent and Astrid Croasdale, following a chance conversation at the side of a kids football match.
Their first pantomime, Cinderella, was performed in January 2019 at the Chapman Theatre in Queen Margaret’s School followed by Aladdin, Jack & The Beanstalk and a sketch show.
This year’s pantomime, Treasure Island – The Legacy of Scrooge, is an original script by John, and links two well-loved classics: Treasure Island and A Christmas Carol. The show will see Ebeneezer’s nephew, Freddie Scrooge, set off on an adventure to Christmas Island to in search of lost treasure – with plenty of pirates, mayhem and fun to be had along the way.
The cast are supported by dance troupe, Derwent Danceworks.
The Deadpan Players have raised over £22,000 for their chosen charities to date, which also includes Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
For more information and to book your tickets, visit the Deadpan Players website here. Tickets start from £10.