Following last year’s successful reenactment of knock-about comedy Midnight Express, Wivenhoe Amateaur Dramatic Society has announced that tickets are now on sale for this year’s seasonal panto: Star Wars The Farce Awakens.
Directed by local binman George Muccus, it tells the everyday tale of a farmboy’s quest to save the galaxy from the evil clutches of Daft Marauder (who is actually his father) with the help of Princess Layla (who is his sister) and Hand Solo (who is a euphemism for onanism and his mother’s sister’s brother hairdresser/smuggler).
The story follows the traditional form of the panto, consisting of ridiculously wooden acting, uncomfortably clunky dialogue, $25-billion of CGI and loads of “oh no he isn’t”-ing.
Shelf stacker Mark Camel who plays the lead role of Lee Skyrunner told The Watcher: “It’s the classic tale of boy meets girl, falls in love with girl, tries to kill bad guy only to find out that he’s his father and that the girl he’s fallen in love with is actually his sister. There’s a chase scene, loads of laughs and an exciting climax where he has to cut down a beanstalk using an X-wing – whatever the hell that is.”
The show runs until mid January when Sir Trevor Nunn’s Cheech & Chong’s Big Adventure featuring the ghosts of Johnny Gielgud and Eric Morecambe starts its eight-month run.