Robinson Crusoe was performed at Bohunt on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th January
1997 with a invitation preview on the 16th and was Phil Thomas's farewell
After the last performance, a special 'oscar' was presented to Phil by Vanessa
in recognition of all his work over the previous six years.
one and all to the M.A.D. production of Robinson Crusoe. I hope you have brought
your sea legs with you, as much of the action takes place on board ship, and
watch out for evil pirates, not to mention man eating cannibals. It promises to
be an action packed evening, and you will have to play your part in helping
Robinson and his friends find the treasure.
This is now M.A.D's sixth production. The major performances continue to be a
sell out and the company seems to go from strength to strength.
Success does not come without a good deal of hard work, and I wish to pay
tribute to our director Vanessa Breach. She has written all of our pantomimes,
and it is her talent, enthusiasm and leadership that ensure success.
As most people know, I will be leaving Liphook in August 1997, this will
therefore be my last pantomime. It will break my heart not being able to be
involved next year, we are a close knit group, many of us sharing in church life
as well, I want to thank them all for the fellowship and fun over the years, and
this year especially for putting up with my less than wholehearted commitment to
rehearsals. As a Minister I have tended to have a high profile in pantomime publicity and praise, this hides the truth, the real work is done by others,
their names appear in this programme. They are an immensely talented group of
really nice people, and knowing this means that the future of the company is
guaranteed for many years to come.
Anyway, enough emotional heavy stuff Let us concentrate on the magic of
pantomime and the age old theme of good conquering evil, Robinson Crusoe v
Captain Blackheart. And don't forget the only hope Robinson has is if you help
him, he wants to hear plenty of noise from you, because he is up against the
most dashing, intelligent, sophisticated and evil character I have had the
misfortune of knowing!
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This year we travel across the oceans and visit distant shores to bring you
the story of Robinson Crusoe - well - our story of Robinson Crusoe There are
many versions of this famous tale and this is a combination of all of them. with
a large slice of our own imagination thrown in for good measure. You may
recognize some of the routines in this year's production, some of them go back
to music hall days. I make no apology for using them and hope you find them as
funny today as many others have over the years.
||The London Docks
||A Desert Island
||The Poop Deck
||A pathway in the Jungle
||The Deck of the Ship
||The Temple of the Sacred Snake
||Under the Sea
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||Sue Calvert, Kathy Carrig, Mandy
Godridge, Angie Pawlyszyn, Carol Selley,
Mary West, Rebekah White.
||Tony Bowers, Kathy Carrig, Ian
Darnbrook, Nigel Holmes, Lesley
Mccarthy, Maggie Tarpey
||Catherine Bruce, Rachel Bruce, Claire Carrig, Ben Ellis,
Judith Holmes, Clare Mccarthy, Emma Michaelson, Katherine Savage,
Rebecca Savage, Charlotte Selley, Becky Selley, Hannah Tarpey, Emily
Thomas, Deborah White, Kate Williams, Joanna Wilson, Sally Wilson, Lydia
||Grahame Polley, Julian Horlock
Breach, Jo West and Sue Morgan
||Tracy Evans, Phil Evans,
Martin Petersen, Dave Evans, Carol Barratt, James McCarthy, Oliver
||Andy Woodage, Nathan Woods
|Scenery & Props
assisted by Phil Evans, Tracy
Evans, Jo West, Brian
Simmons, Cast and Families.
||Vanessa Breach and
Nan Selley assisted by Mary West, Wendy
Evans, Alison Ellis, Carol
Selley, Ruth Savage, Monica Church, Jenny Adams & Cast.
||Sue Knight & Friends
||Ruth Savage, Amanda Gowers,
|Children's Dresing Rooms
||Christine Williams, Suzanne
Battensby, Sharon Anderson, Julie Wilson.
||Adult's Dressing Rooms
|Front Of House
||Denis Drysdale, Mary Watts & Friends
|Post Production Facilities
||Mick and Carol Selley
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Click on the little pic to get a bigger pic.
All pictures have a way back.
|Blackheart & Chrissie
||Cassandra Crusoe - on board ship
|Cassandra and the Captain
||It do be ...
|Untie Me !
||Spirits of Evil ...
|Cassandra Crusoe and the Gorilla
||Robinson & Lucy
||The Other Wedding
|The Adult Cast
The original Robinson Crusoe, and the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's 1719 book
was Alexander Selkirk born in 1676 in Largo, Scotland to a shoemaker. He ran
away to sea in 1695 joining a band of buccaneers. While working as a sailing
master in 1704 he rowed with the ship's captain and asked to be put ashore.
He was left on the uninhabited island of Mas a Terra (also known now as Robinson
Crusoe Island). This is in the Juan Fernandes island group 400 miles west of
Valparaiso in Chile.
He was picked up again in February 1709 by a British ship under the command of
Woodes Rogers and arrived back in England more than two years later in October
The description of Selkirk's life on the island was included by Rogers in his
book Cruising Voyage Round the World and this and similar publications
were used by Defoe.
Selkirk went back to sea where he died on 12 December 1721.
For more information, visit a
Juan Fernandez Islands site with lots of links or Vision
Chile - lots of pictures
Or read the excellent account of Selkirk's life in Selkirk's Island by
Diana Souhami (published in paperback in 2001 by Phoenix, ISBN 0-75381-334-3,
winner of the 2001 Whitbread Biography award).
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