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Babes in the Wood pantomime at Handcross (1 of 2)
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Babes in the Wood pantomime at Handcross (1 of 2)

Youth organisations of Handcross joined forces to present their version of the pantomime, “Babes in the Wood”. It ran for two nights in Fenruary 1957 in the Parish Hall.
The above photograph shows at front stage “ Peg” (Penny Housby), “Maid Marian” (Josephine Housby), and “Robin Hood” (Tom Chamberlain).
Among the village maidens at the back I can only easily recognise Penny Sargent on the extreme left, and Joy Greenfield on the extreme Right. Please can anyone name the others? Another photograph can be seen on picture #2381.
My father, Roger Ray, was in the audience and wrote as follows.
“With a cast of 62, I didn’t envy the producers with that many to handle!
The whole show was a great success and there were some hilarious moments (some unrehearsed) when, for instance, one of the cast was dragged across the stage in a “Noddy” car by an invisible rope. Halfway across, the front of the car caught on a cardboard tree and dragged it off with it, and when the “baddy” was called on to the stage and he failed to arrive. I guess he was fed up with been booed every time!
The hall was packed for both evenings and the funds of the five youth organisations benefitted accordingly.”
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