Delightful drama with the doodah bird
10:05 26 December 2012
Ella Fisher as 'Horse' and Josh Reynolds as 'Abel' in the Braunton Academy Drama Club pantomime.
Braunton Academy’s Drama Club presents its annual panto.
Isaac Harper and Ben Loftus as 'Woncer' and 'Ponatime' in the Braunton Academy Drama Club pantomime.
BRAUNTON Academy’s Drama Club has delighted audiences with a three night run of a new work, Abel and the Doodah Bird, played out in the best panto tradition.
Written by Devon playwright Jefrey G Pirie, the story follows the adventures of Abel (Joshua Reynolds) on his way to overthrowing the wicked King (Dillon Harrison) by capturing the ‘Doodah Bird’ (Mollie Osment) and finally winning the heart of Princess Alisya (Danai May).
The gloomy world of ‘The Kingdom of Sighs’ where the story begins was captured by an inventive black and white set designed by Heather Everitt and the Academy’s Art Club.
It is a world ruled over by a cruel king who has outlawed laughter and joy. Thankfully forces are at work to combat this, with the feisty Zenni (Jessica Brooks) and the fast talking Lucky (Matthew Coyle) leading the resistance.
The show’s music and songs included atmospheric instrumentals, tender duets and great chorus numbers to enjoy, plus great costumes designed by teacher Mrs Powell.
The show saw students from every year group involved, whether on stage, in the orchestra or working back stage.
Other Entertainment Stories
The successful open-air Carols On The Quay concert in Exmouth on Sunday, December 14 helped to raise vital money for Christian Aid’s Ebola Fund.
Santa is in and around East Devon a lot this year. Today (Thursday, December 18), you can catch him at Santa’s Grotto at Bicton Botanical Gardens, 11am-4pm. He’s also there on December 19-23, and Christmas Eve, 11am-2pm.
Exmouth author Noel Harrower has a new book out. Uncivil War – Twin Tales From Nottinghamshire is an ‘action-packed’ historical novel, telling the story of five children caught in the conflict of the English Civil War. Set in Nottinghamshire, the twin tales follow the raising of the King’s Standard at Nottingham Castle in 1642, through to 1646, when King Charles surrendered to the Scottish army outside Newark.
From the moment when the strains of Once in Royal David’s City soared into the hushed and darkened church and the singers of Voces8 proceeded down the aisle bearing lighted candles, it was clear that Budleigh Music Festival’s Carols by Candlelight concert was a very special occasion indeed.