Rock god Robert Plant – and the Drakelow Tunnels, where police recently uncovered a cannabis factory and all were in for some good-natured ribbing in this years Wolverley panto!
Among local people and places in for some good-natured ribbing from Wolverley villagers are rock god Robert Plant – and the Drakelow Tunnels, where police recently uncovered a cannabis factory.
The Led Zeppelin frontman is portrayed as ‘Rabbit Plant’ in ‘Alice’s Misadventures in Wolverleyland’.
The Plant character is a white ‘rock’ rabbit dressed up to resemble the star, who lives in the neighbouring village of Shatterford.
Robert Plant attended several quizzes organised to raise money to stage the production – and said he would attend one of the shows at Wolverley Memorial Hall if he was around. “He’s been very supportive in helping us to raise money for costumes,” said Debbi Gould, joint producer of the pantomime for Wolverley Village Players along with her friend Andrea Milner.
Debbi and Andrea decided to unite the village by reviving a drama society that folded some years ago.
And they were amazed when their advertisement to recruit members last March led to more than 50 people getting involved.
“Wolverley is fragmented and we wanted to bring people together – and thought a drama group would be fun,” said Debbi.
“There’s so much talent in the village – musicians, artists, dressmakers, the lot – and we wanted to tap into that.”
Villager Nicky Perks wrote the pantomime and her husband, Steve Perks, a nurse, plays the part of Rabbit Plant.
The story is that Alice and her sister Kate are on holiday at Wolverley Caravan Park. Alice – played on stilts by 28-year-old Leigh Wilkins – follows Rabbit Plant down a hole and ends up meeting a host of characters in Wolverley.
Other stars include an ‘Alice Cooper’ character played by electrician Ian Allerton, the show’s musical director.
Semi professional actor and artist Steve Conway took the role of the Duchess of Downton, while Lindsay Wright was Madame March Hare.
Andy Gould was Manuel and model-cum-singer Jayne Peters was Queen Veruca of Wolverley.
There are plenty of allusions to local characters and landmarks – with even a reference to the recent find of a cannabis factory in the Drakelow Tunnels in Wolverley.
All of the performances, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, were sold out, with 160 people attending each night .
Some of the proceeds will go towards the refurbishment of the Memorial Hall.