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Brindle Players to bring Knight Fever pantomime to Hoghton this half term

Posted on - 6th February, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Kid's stuff, Preston News, South Ribble News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Members of Brindle Players dressed up in character for Knight Fever
A dotty dame and a court jester feature in Knight Fever

Brindle Players will perform their 29th annual pantomime this February half term.

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This year they are sharpening their swords and polishing their armour for Knight Fever, a LazyBee Production courtesy of TLC Creative Scripts.

Knight Fever is set in the fair kingdom of Camelot, which is under threat from the evil Black Knight, but King Arthur, his knights and the magician Merlin seem unable to avert disaster. Brave Justin, a humble stable boy with dreams of becoming a Knight of the Round Table, is quick to step into the breach and accept the quest to rescue a princess and save the kingdom – with only the help of a court jester and a dotty dame.

The show – a fun-filled musical adventure suitable for age five upwards – is packed with songs to suit all musical tastes and get audiences up and jousting in the aisles.

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The pantomime group was originally created in 1993 to link up local church groups in the Brindle, Gregson Lane and Hoghton area but the reputation of the company and their high standard of production has seen them draw involvement from much further afield. 

Brindle Players Chairperson Anne Hardman said: “A Brindle Players production is a real community celebration with children and adults drawn from all over the area working together to create the show. The cast and production team come from Blackburn, Croston, Chorley, Leyland and Preston as well as closer to our theatrical home at St Joseph’s.”

She added: “We work really hard to offer anyone of any age the opportunity to learn new skills, have a go and develop their passion. This year that means we have an Assistant Director who has just turned 18 and principal cast members who are 14 all the way up to adults.” 

Members of Brindle Players dressed up in character for Knight Fever
The run of shows starts of Friday 9 February

This production sees the start of a year of celebrations as the group enter their 30th year as a pantomime company.

Musical Director Lyndsey Wilson said: “We have always prided ourselves on being embedded in the heart of our community and the young people in Brindle Players are vital to the future of our group. Our Director began her journey with us aged 8, with a role in the Chorus, she is now 25 and celebrating her birthday on stage during the performance run.

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“Every minute we invest in our cast – offering them our expertise or the opportunity to show us what they can do – extends the legacy of our productions.”

Members of Brindle Players dressed up in character for Knight Fever
The young people in Brindle Players are “vital” to the future of the group

The seven performances hosted at St Joseph’s Parish Hall in Hoghton will begin on Friday 9 February and will run over both half term weekends with matinees on the Saturdays and Sunday. Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for children or £32 for two adults and two children, and can be purchased online via TicketSource.

For more information about the show or Brindle Players, visit the Brindle Players website or email brindleplayers@gmail.com.

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