It finally came to this.
I came to blows with the vicar, David Sherwin, this weekend. There was even an audience, alternately shocked at the violence and baying for more.
The important thing is that I won.
Sorry, did I not explain that this was in the Martley pantomime? It was Camelot, and I was one of the villains, Mordred, who had pretensions to Arthur’s throne. Only Merlin (aka David Sherwin) could wield the quarterstaff like Mordred, so the fate of Arthur’s throne depended on the final fight. But the evil Nimue (Jennifer Whittaker) had arranged for the king’s tart to be spiked by Morgana (Andy Johnson), thus drugging Merlin as well, so the result was fiendishly rigged…
Camelot thus fell into Mordred’s hands… Only it didn’t, because Guindolene (played by Tony Lewis) wrenched the handle from a broom, then launched a frenzied attack on Mordred, and won.
Still, Mordred’s disaster didn’t last long. He met again the long-lost love of his life, the Damsel D’Or (Charlotte Searle), and they both lived happily ever after.
Being part of the panto for the second year has been enormous fun. It’s a great community event, with over 30 cast members (both adults and children), all directed by Martley’s own creative genius, Ruth Mace. It’s been a privilege to be a part of such an amazing group of people.
Many thanks to Gail Dawson, the editor of The Villager magazine, for the photos.