Join Crusoe for a panto full of action in Downham Market

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Head to Downham next weekend for an adventure-packed pantomime full of hidden treasure and fearsome pirates as Robinson Crusoe takes on the unfriendly islanders in a ship-shape show.

The cast and crew of Downham Amateur Dramatic Society (DADS) have been hard at work rehearsing their latest production, Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates!, ready to perform at Downham Town Hall over three nights next weekend.

Jan Roust, director, said: “We have made fantastic progress this side of Christmas with a set cast. They have been fantastic with all the changes and jumping around. A big thanks to them for their dedication and enthusiasm, week after week. Hopefully a good show will be waiting for you!”

The pantomime will take audiences on Crusoe’s voyage to Tobago where he hopes to find some hidden treasure, until he discovers Blackpatch and a band of pirates out to thwart him.

His mother, Mrs Crusoe, and his girlfriend Polly stow away on board the Mary Rose to join Robinson in his adventures. His brother, Kenny, and two hopeless sailors, Bill and Ben, are also along for the journey.

Shipwrecked, he ends up among some unfriendly islanders, but meets Man Friday and the island’s native Queen and, as in all good pantomimes, everything turns out well in the end.

Robert Hornett, of DADS, said: “With not long to go, we have been packing in rehearsals on Sundays as well as Mondays and Fridays to make up for our Christmas break. Rehearsals are coming along very well with all our props made and in place, scripts are down and we are starting our technical and dress rehearsals.

“The chorus is looking full and good in nicely choreographed routines and songs, thanks to Kerry Eburah and Meg Harrison. The main scenes are taking shape and we keep adding jokes and laughs at every rehearsal! Everyone seems up for it and we are raring to get on stage!”

He added: “All the scenery and staging is made and painted ready to go up on Sunday, ready for our town hall run-throughs. And most of our costumes are on their way to being finished, so far they are looking great.”

The show will hit stages on January 31, February 1 and 2, with tickets available from the website,

Rob added: “We are still interested in anyone who wants to help out with the society, either backstage or front of house. We are always looking for new members.

“Please come and support your local amateur drama society and allow us to continue putting on affordable, quality entertainment for the community, by getting involved or coming along to see our shows.”