The pantomime returns to Bungay for the festive season with a "unique twist" on Jack and the Beanstalk.

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There will be 19 performances between Saturday, December 17, and New Year's Eve and the cast say they cannot wait to show their adaptation of the traditional tale. 

Hayley Evenett wrote the script for this year’s play, and she is also juggling roles as the play’s director and performing the lead character Jack. 

Mrs Evenett said: “I am so excited. It is such a classic and traditional tale.  

“I have written it in its traditional form, with lots of gags and jokes but with a plot, and a story, I feel, must have a clear plot, though a plot with my own twist on it.  

“My characters are not archetypal characters, but the audience will find them relatable. I have put a lot of heart into them. 

“I am sure the audience are in for a shock.” 

Darren France, senior trustee at the Fisher Theatre, has been working closely with the cast in their preparation, helping with props and directing. 

Mr France believes that having an actor write the script will make the play special and the magic of the Fisher Theatre will be perfect for the play. 

He said: “The wonderful Hayley wrote our script for this year's Jack and the Beanstalk, and it is a brilliant plot. 

“Through writing our own script we can create a really bespoke and unique experience for viewers. 

“Both the Theatre Royal in Norwich and Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre are broadcasting their own version of Jack and the Beanstalk which will be good. 

“But what our venue offers which theirs does not is greater intimacy as it is a smaller and more traditional venue. 

“Even those at the back of the room are still at risk of being heckled from the stage.”


Beccles & Bungay Journal: Rehearsals are well underway Rehearsals are well underway (Image: Bruno Brown)Performer, Jillian Dean who is playing Daisy the Cow and Fairy lights said: “We are all looking forward to performing, it is going to be wonderful.  

“We have a strong and vivacious performance lined up which will really shock the audience.  

“There are quite a lot of original moments, intense and constant laughs, in an interactive show, with a brilliant plot.  

“There is nothing like live theatre and we really need the help of the audience to maximise the success of the show.” 

Tickets can be booked online.