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By Caroline Greville-Morris

GENRE: Romance, Comedy

Someday my prince will leave


Jo always knows why her relationships end; she just has to decide when.

We meet our heroine Jo in the most embarrassing moment of her life, caught in the curtain mechanism at the village pantomime aged ten, the whole world laughing at her knickers.

Twenty years later, drunk in a club, glittery pants on show Jo and her best friend Sally know how to have fun. As the drinks and the dancing flows, Jo is quite literally picked up by the DJ Pete. Here we go, another rollercoaster romance till Jo calls time.

Fourteen months later he is still around, and Jo is struggling to find a reason why he shouldn’t be. The love is there, the attraction is too, maybe the white heat of has cooled. Is this what a real relationship is like; drifting along and shouting at each other from different rooms? The gap between them is getting wider, the whole village can see it and they don’t like it. A plan is hatched, and as with all great plans it involves glitter, songs, and men in frocks. What situation cannot be improved by a village panto? And who better to play the romantic leads than the completely knackered couple who run the pub? Jo and Pete.

The eclectic line-up of villagers throws themselves into Cinderella with gusto. Pete, being a panto virgin is swept along on a wave of enthusiasm but Jo, that’s another story! It takes all the panto’s director Sally’s persuasive skills to lure her back to the stage.

From hilarious casting pieces, and through the chaotic rehearsal period we see hidden talents uncovered and egos unbridled. Farmers in frocks, a postman in ruffles, and a thigh slapping hair dresser are only a part of the eccentric cast. Emotions run as high as the ugly sister’s wigs as friendships are forged, old friendships are tested, and panto gold is created.

As opening night approaches Jo stays true to form and begins to sabotage her relationship with Pete by flirting with the hunky set builder. The knock-on effect changes the whole dynamic of the company, culminating in Sally’s dramatic departure. As tickets begin to sell out, the star struck cast take over the production, but as the lead couple’s relationship breaks down completely Pete heads back to his old life in the big city.

Will she show go on? Will a fairy godmother step in and create a magic spell that opens Jo’s eyes and heart? Will Sally sit in her director’s chair again? Will Pete race across the country in time to take his place as Prince Charming on the stage?

Only when Jo stops believing that she is unlovable and that there might even be twenty-five things about her to love does the magic return to life and to the stage.

Will they live happily ever after? It’s a panto! Merrie Christmas.

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