THE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE by Colin Barrow
This pantomime delivers something for all ages. Fun packed and takes you on a journey of the plight of the Old Woman, Mother Hubbard and her orphanage. The shoe, residing at Soggy Bottom had been left by a giant when passing by. The shoe’s residents are all children that have been homed by Mother Hubbard. The children are, Simple Simon, Wee Willie Winkie, Polly, Georgie Porgie, Boy Blue, with Bo-Peep as Principle girl and Jack (Horner) as Principle boy, with any chorus members. And there is a house dog, Bingo.
They all live there very happily until Mary Mary, a local unpopular newly elected councillor has plans for their eviction. Humpty Dumpty, Mary’s so called secretary goes along with her decisions even if he doesn’t agree with them. As her eviction gathers pace, and Jack and Bo-Peeps’ romance blossoms, Old MacDonald has placed an advert to see if there is love out in the wide world for him. Needless to say, Mother Hubbard replies and this creates a some good comedy. Jack has had information that he may not be all that he seems to be. With a riddle and badge, which turns out to be a Royal seal, this takes him and all those living in the shoe to France. This has been set up by Fairy Twinkle and once at their destination they are met by Mademoiselle (Miss) Muffet, who is the giants assistant and he has all the answers.
Old MacDonald finds himself to be a King, owing to an accident when the King lost his memory. Another blow on the head brings Old MacDonald’s memory back and re-establishes him as Old King Cole. Jack is holding the clue that he is Old King Cole’s son, Prince Jack. With new information and the knowledge of who is who, they return to Soggy Bottom where, Mary Mary well and truly gets her comeuppance. Jack and Bo-Peep, marry, Mother Hubbard becomes Queen by marrying Old King Cole. And Simple Simon and Mademoiselle Muffet also wed and will run the orphanage for Mother Hubbard, whilst she occupies herself being Queen.