2019 – Beauty and the Beast

Otterbourne Drama Group and pleased to announce that for their 2019 pantomime they will be performing Beauty and the Beast. Performances will be on 11th to the 13th and the 18th to the 20th of January 2019. Further information including box office details (Open from October) will appear later in to the year.

2018 – Dick Whittington

And what a Brilliant Pantomime it turned out to be. There were a few of us who were panicking as we moved closer and closer to our first performance, but our fears were unfounded. Our first evening turned out just fine, and from there on in it was all systems go, with the cast and crew really up for it. Costumes were brilliant and extremely colourful, lines were learnt (Except by me) sound and lighting with Charlie in charge, was exceptional, and the children brought the house down, well nearly. According to the many comments received, this show outshone all previous Pantomimes, still our patrons say that every year. Unfortunately the “Echo” has ceased to report on their “Curtain Call”, awards otherwise I think we might have swept the board.

All in all a very satisfying show. We are now about to start Rehearsals for our Summer Show, watch this space for details.


2017 – Rapunzel

Once again another very successful pantomime, and considered one of the best amateur productions in the South of England.

A new dame in the guise of Kevin Warne, brilliant. A nasty witch, Nicky Williams, talented as ever, a Princess in Holly Williams, superb (A real Star) and a wonderful Prince in Ryan Bishop (The ladies loved him). Supporting cast and the young members of the company all terrific, and our stars of the future. Congratulations, once again, to our Producer, Director, Set Designer and Wardrobe Mistress (How does she find the time) the very talented Kay Warne. Not forgetting our Back Stage Crew, Sound and Lighting Engineers (Without whom the show could not proceed) and one other person without whom we could not operate, our tea and biscuit lady Margaret Gains.

Well done all involved.

The Southern Daily Echo Review – Curtain Call Awards 2017.

Otterbourne pull off yet another cracking panto. Plenty of colour, boundless energy, song and dance, corny gags and gentle innuendos set off another year in style.

Rapunzel (Holly Williams) has more going for her than just luscious locks and a sense of wonderment, as she steals the heart of the playboy prince (Ryan Bishop). Witch Gothel (Nicky Williams) is my favourite, with her simpering, sassy, sly guise and she certainly managed villainy, if the screams of the small girl next to me were anything to go by!

Taking over from seasoned dame John Pitman, Kevin Warne does a sterling job filling the size 10 heels as Trixie, supported by the wonderfully sunny Frankie (Jack Hobbs).

Once again the set is eye-catching and the scene transitions work. The numerous costumes are dazzling and well-made.

This is predictable and comforting community theatre on a rainy day, warming and nourishing the soul.

Rebecca Case



2016 – Goldilocks and the Three Bears

A Review of Otterbourne Pantomime 2016

Once again the Otterbourne Village Hall Committee performed a very colourful and fun filled Pantomime, with superb casting in the Otterbourne Village Hall.

Dame Trott played by (John Pitman), had an apple tree that could produce a crop of gold, if the correct spell was said in its presence. The wicked Squire Dick Dastardly (Steve Rickman) and his Henchman Igor (Barbara Thomas), went to great lengths to steal the apple tree and its fortune. They were faulted in their plight by Prince Edwin, brilliantly played by (Holly Williams) along with the beautiful Goldilocks (Nicole Morris), who at one time was hiding in the home of Three Bears, Mr Bear (Philip Tutt – Leppard), Mrs Bear (Samantha Oldham) and Baby Bear (Louis Still). Making sure all ended up well came the help of two Fairies, The Forest Fairy (Terry Revell) who surprised all the audience with his appearance, was assisted by delightful (Xanthe Gibbs). Two people helping in all these antics was Dame Trotts son Simple Simon (Kevin Warne) and his girl friend Marigold (Nicky Williams), these two were the stars of the show, bringing much comedy to the production. A surprise guest was Auntie Polar Bear (Barbara Hancox), who was in fine voice, on the casts visit to the North Pole. The cast were supported by a wonderful array of villagers and children who added to the spectacular scenes with singing and dancing.

The Committee must be congratulated for their truly wonderful scenery, properties and lighting and the costumes as usual were all so very colourful. The Musical Director was Richard Daniels, the Choreographer Kerry Purnell, the Producer John Pitman, but the person who should receive the biggest accolade for this most inspiring production, was the Director and Head of Costumes Kay Warne.

The Pantomime was presented by the Otterbourne Village Hall Committee.

John Pitman  (Chairman of the Otterbourne Drama Group)

The Southern Daily Echo Review – Curtain Call Awards 2016.

This was Otterbourne’s  36th  Pantomime and I can assure you that they know every nuance required to put on  a great show.  What always impresses me is the community spirit, the adults invest in and nurture the younger members both on and  backstage and the audiences turn out  in force to support them.  If you think community means sub-standard though,  you’d be wrong  –  This Group Has Talent.  The brightest stars for me were Nicky Williams as “Dippy Marigold”, who captured her fidgety inner child, the heart of Kevin Warne ( Simple Simon) and the sight of Terry Revell ( The Forest Fairy) in tights and tutu, is one I won’t forget in a hurry, despite trying my hardest to!.

I’d like to mention everyone but I have a word limit and I absolutely have to comment on the excellent sets (Chris Williams and Luke Williams) the first rate lighting (Bob Ball, Peter Gibbs, Ann Duggan ) and the exceptional costumes (Kay Warne, Samantha Oldham, Vera Oldham).

Rebecca Case.


Previous Years

Please click on each pantomime below for reviews and pictures from previous pantomimes performed by the Otterbourne Drama Group.