After the impact of their First World War drama The Trench, Lynden Players are changing the mood with a spooktacular panto.
It’s not on the list of traditional favourites but the Players are serving up Dracula – the Vampire Strikes Back, at Middleton Cheney Village Hall next week.
Billed as comedy in a jugular vein, it is certain to be an evening to remember... for all the right reasons.
Director Jo Bailey gave us the inside story.
She said: “It is a rip-roaring laugh-a-minute comedy with all of the usual characters.
“A penniless and widowed dame and her daughter, Sapphi the Vampire Slayer, are struggling to make ends meet and live under the constant threat of eviction.
“They manage to sway the bailiff over to their side, but the cunning and evil landlord devises increasingly malicious plans to remove them from their lovely home.
“ If only Sapphi could find and slay a vampire, all their troubles would be over.
“This is my first time directing for the Lynden Players and I’ve really enjoyed the whole process. It’s fantastic to be a part of putting together such a fantastic show with such a committed cast.
“We’ve worked really hard to ensure that the whole family will have a great time and hopefully go away and tell their friends!
“So if people are looking for an affordable, fun and fantastic evening for all the family, come and see our panto, and don’t forget to join in!” Performances are from Thursday to Saturday, December 11-13, at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance also on the Saturday at 2.30pm.
Tickets are £8 (£7 for concessions), or you can buy a family ticket for £28 (two adults + two children).
They can be bought by calling the box office on 07849 062739 or at: www.lyndenplayers.ticketsource.co.uk
l The Trench was written and directed by Steve Hatt, a well-loved member of the group who died shortly before last month’s production.
The group performed it in tribute to him with the full support of his family, to raise money for Help the Heroes and to mark the centenary of the First World War.