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Sinbad The Sailor

posted 14 Oct 2008, 12:08 by Richard Holyoak   [ updated 15 Oct 2009, 13:34 by Richard Holyoak ]
Sinbad The Sailor was performed in January 2009.  Directed by Simon Maher and produced by Amanda Holyoak.

From The Directors Chaise Long

Adapted from an original script by Dave Buchanan.

"Having been fortunate enough to be given acting roles in the last 3 Panto productions, I know how important the audience are after the months of hard work and rehearsals.

Hiding mainly 'Back stage' for the group over the past 11 years I was wondering just how difficult it would be on the other side of the casting table.  I have to say it is not easy.  However, I can say that it has been immensely satisfying, really good fun and the cast and crew have been fantastic.  Help from 'an old pro' was also most welcome and helped me keep what hair I have left.  Thank you so much Mr 'Guru' Hill.

Now a bit about the show, 'The One Thousand and One Nights' is an epic collection of Tales from Arabic, Middle Eastern and Indian stories compiled over many centuries. Tales including 'Aladdin', 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves' and 'The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor' have been Westernised from this collection. 'The Voyages of Sinbad' has been adapted for television and film several times, most recently in the 2003 animated feature 'Sinbad: Legend of the Severn Seas', featuring the voices of Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Fortunately, for my first expedition into the Director's chair, Brad and Catherine were not able to make the auditions, which gave me the option to select from the very best of Wycliffe Drama Group without having to upset the two of them.  My main aim was to provide Lutterworth with a good family time out together.  I hope you will agree that we have tried to provide all the best in traditional family pantomime fun.  Slapstick, Sidekicks, Comedy, Love interests (sorry kids), Fairy and most importantly a really “nasty” baddy.

Will the baddy win in the end? Will Sinbad get his girl? We all knew the answers, as I am sure you do but it’s how much fun we can all have finding out that counts!"

Simon Maher,
The Director.