Theatre kids walk the dinosaur

The Whirlwind Theatre Company dinosaur takes to the Millennium Bridge!
The Whirlwind Theatre Company dinosaur takes to the Millennium Bridge!
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A 30ft dinosaur walking across the Millennium Bridge certainly turned some heads.

This prehistoric parade from Lancaster city centre along the riverside to Halton was held to raise funds for Whirlwind Theatre’s upcoming panto ‘The Tale of Mother Goose’.

Young actors ‘walked the dinosaur’ from 50 St Leonard’s Gate to Phoenix Street into the city centre, then crossed the Millennium Bridge to Ryelands Park, continued along Halton Road to the aqueduct, before crossing the river and returning to Lancaster.

Due to be staged at the Gregson Centre this September, the show will include toe-tapping old-time songs such as ‘More Come to Morecambe’,.

The song was found in Bournemouth in a very rare library of 20th Century light music inherited by the parents of Whirlwind’s artistic direcor Myette Godwyn.

Her family have run their own theatre companies and performing in music hall for nearly 200 years and collected the scores over this time.

“It is amazing hearing the music from my childhood again, which was spent largely on the road touring to theatres throughout Britain and including Lancaster,” said Myette.

Other old-time songs in the show include ‘Two Little Sausages’, ‘Policeman’s Holiday’, ‘Roses of Picardy’, Painting the Clouds with Sunshine’ and ‘There’s a Ring Around the Moon’.

The youngsters in the theatre company have spent a year devising the script, workshopping panto techniques with local actor Ian Blower, and learning slapstick with fight choreographer Sam Kahn.

There is also choreography from Miss Ward of the Joan Ward School of dance, now run by Laura Sandham.

Next year will be 10 years since the company hosted its first show in Lancaster.

This was ‘Toad of Toad Hall’, which was performed in a circus tent in Ryelands Park. A reunion of actors could be held next year.

Tickets for ‘Mother Goose’ will be on sale from mid-August on www.whirlwindtheatre.org.uk or call 01524 811794.