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On 5 and 6 February St Vincent’s Panto Players presented their twenty-seventh pantomime, Peter Pan in Much Ado About Pirates, at St Vincent’s Church, Crookes, Sheffield. This unique theatrical experience marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, which meant that the script was riddled with references to the bard – quotes, mis-quotes, and some very poor puns.

It marked the first parish event in the newly extended church hall at St Vincent’s, which was completed just before Christmas. As a result a few more spectators were able to enjoy the three performances.  It also meant that Peter Pan and Captain Hook had plenty of room to display their flying skills – thanks to some hi-tech special effects.

St Vincent Pantomime 2016 1 sAs usual, chaos ensued, there was a visit to Crookes market, the woodland creatures sang a song, Fr Paddy Walsh was the recipient of the traditional custard pie, and it all ended happily ever after.

St Vincent Pantomime 2016 2 s

The ‘Charlie Gardiner Award’ for loyal service to the pantomime, created in honour of a former parish priest, went this year to the Rafferty family – particularly to John who expertly designed and produced the scenery.

The pantomime is a great social occasion for the parish, allowing some parishioners to display their hidden talents, as well as raising money for charity.

This year just over £1,900 was raised which will be split between the St. Justin Society (the group in St. Vincent’s parish that supports individuals and projects in developing countries) and Fr Wilfrid in Zambia, to provide financial support to families so they can send their daughters to school.