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Jack And The Beanstalk

    by Ian Bettridge



Synopsis

"Fe Fi Fo Fum" comes the cry from above from the Giant that terrorises the local village. Can no one stop him and his evil henchman, Fleshcreep? It would seem not. However Fairy Dust has other ideas. She must find a fearless, brave, individual to fight the Giant and restore calm to the village. So, who does she pick for this epic crusade? Bobby Trott… Dame Trott's less intelligent son? Patty Cake… the owner of the village cake shop and the object of Bobby's desires? Dame Trott… who chases any man with a pulse? Surely Fairy Dust wouldn't stoop that low?

The tension heightens when the King's daughter Princess Apricot is kidnapped by Fleshcreep and taken to the Giant’s lair. Jack Trott, the Dame's easily-led son has secretly fallen in love with the Princess and so he decides that he is the one to kill the Giant and rescue the Princess. He is gullibly tricked into accepting beans instead of gold when, to make ends meet, he sells Daisy, and … well, you know what happens to those beans!

Co-incidentally, Bo Peep has lost her sheep and enlists her friend Boy Blue to help find them, and, with Daisy, the family cow bringing up the rear, you are left with a must see family pantomime


Characters

6m, 4f, 4m/f (plus Chorus & Dancers)

Principals (6m, 4f, 2m/f)

  • Fleshcreep - the Giant’s henchman
  • Fairy Dust – a very busy person
  • Jill Trott
  • Jack Trott
  • Bobby Trott
  • Boy Blue
  • Patty Cake
  • Dame Trott
  • King Satupon
  • Bo Peep
  • Daisy, the Cow (2m/f)

Support : 2m/f

  • Cook 1 & 2 – on the Giant’s payroll
  • Giant – a booming offstage voice

Chorus of Villagers etc

NOTE: Throughout the panto a few Villagers have small groups of dialogue. Each individual line is shown in the form: ‘Villager 1A’, ‘Villager 2A’, Villager 2D’ etc meaning Villager 1 and Villager 2 in group A and Villager 2 in Group D. Depending on your cast size, you can assign Villager 1 to all of the groups, or split the parts, so that one person speaks Villager1A, 1B, 1C and 1D whilst another speaks 1E, 1F, 1G and 1H etc.

  • Group A, Qty Villagers :   3
  • Group B, Qty Villagers :   4
  • Group C, Qty Villagers :   1
  • Group D, Qty Villagers :   6
  • Group E, Qty Villagers :   5
  • Group F, Qty Villagers :   2
  • Group G, Qty Villagers :   9
  • Group H, Qty Villagers :   8


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