Panto for 2017!

The Panto' for January 2016 is....

The Princess And The Pea

A unique opportunity to see a World Premier in your own Village.

Written by Sue Protheroe, an ever-present in our 27 years of Panto's, and now adding authorship to her considerable acting and Directing talents, this is a very funny family show with lots of interaction - "Oh, Yes there is!".
Book early at Wanda's.




Dunchurch Panto Auditions 2017!

Hello everyone.

I hope you have had a great 2016 so far.

Panto time is nearly here so this is the first update about the 2017 panto. I do hope that you are looking forward to taking part again.

We have a new experience awaiting us this year. A panto written by one of our own Pantomaniacs. Sue Prothero has written “The Princess and the Pea”. It is a marvellous script that Sue has worked very hard on, involving many rewrites and a few run throughs. Part of it is getting its World Premiere at the Variety Show next weekend so please get along to see it.

Click here for the dates for rehearsals and performances. We will be looking at the songs over the next few weeks.


The auditions for Principles will be held in the Sports Lounge in the Village Hall on Sunday 2nd October at 10:00am. If you wish to be considered for a particular part, then please e-mail me beforehand. Casting is probably the most difficult part of the production with such a wealth of talent in the group. It is vital that in accepting a principle part in the Panto, you recognise your commitment to the group and to attending rehearsals. So much of the comedy and enjoyment, for the audience and ourselves, comes from knowing the words inside out and then working on all the marvellous extras you add to the performance.

If you can’t attend the audition, then please e-mail me with the part you wish to be considered for.

For those who wish to be in the Chorus, there is no need to attend on 2nd October, but please do e-mail me to let me know you wish to be part of the production. There will be a number of speaking roles for members of the chorus which I will be allocating as we move through the rehearsals.

We always welcome new members with open arms into the group. If you haven't been involved previously or if you know of anyone who wishes to join and has a connection to the village of Dunchurch, especially into the chorus, then please email me or pass this message on.

If there is anything you want to know or wish to tell me than please e-mail me. Due to my work commitments, e-mail ( is probably the best method for contacting me. You can also try texting me on 07718251860. Add your name to the first text so I know who is contacting me.

Best wishes,







Panto for 2018!

The Panto' for January 2018 is....


A unique opportunity to see another World Premier in your own Village.

Penned from the prodigious talents of Sue Protheroe, an ever-present in our 28 years of Pantos, this is a very funny family show with lots of interaction - "Oh, Yes there is!".
Book early at Wanda's.





Panto for 2019!

The Panto' for January 2019 is....


A ROOTING TOOTING WILD WEST STOMP..... in your own Village.

Penned from the prodigious talents of Sue Protheroe, an ever-present in our 29 years of Pantos, this is a very funny family show with lots of interaction - "Oh, Yes there is!".
Book early at Wanda's.

Poster for BILLY THE KID



Panto for 2016!

The Panto' for January 2016 is Mother Goose.........

The Dunchurch Pantomaniacs first got together in 1989 and they put on their first pantomime, “Little Miss Muffat”, in January, 1990 in the Dunchurch W.I. Hall.. The original group mainly came from the Dunchurch Festival Committee and although they were very enthusiastic they had little idea on how to produce a show. They were fortunate to get the services of the late Ray Allen as director as he had considerable theatrical experience with Rugby Theatre and The Gang Show. The first show was a great success in that a lot of people came to watch it and those involved really enjoyed the experience. It has been an annual event ever since.

The group has moved on considerably in the last 23 years. Things such as lighting, scenery and sound effects have become more sophisticated as the necessary equipment has been acquired over the years. Furthermore, a lot of the original members of the group are still involved and have gained a lot of experience which benefits the present productions.

One of the strong points about the group is that, although a lot of long-serving members are still involved, there is a steady stream of new young people coming in. The Pantomaniacs pride themselves on the opportunities they give for young children to develop their confidence and presentation abilities through the pantomime. 

The pantomimes have included traditional ones such as "Alice In Wonderland", “Aladdin”, “Babes in the Wood”, “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty”. There have also been some less conventional ones such as “Old Mother Hubbard” and “Calamity Jane” (which both had wild west backgrounds) “Santa in Space” and “Frankenstein, the Panto”. However, in all of them the constant theme is enjoyment, audience participation and an imported local flavour. They have all been village pantos with members of the audience often finding themselves referred to in an irreverent manner.

The auditions are usually held the first week in October and rehearsals start and are held two nights a week in November. In December a third weekly rehearsal is held usually on a Sunday afternoon and in January a fourth weekly rehearsal on Saturday afternoons is added. It does involve a lot of work and commitment but it is fun. There are also a lot of people involved behind the scenes in such things as make-up, scenery painting, set building, costumes, sound effects and lighting.

If you would like to get in touch with us then please click here and select the option to Contact Paul Smith at the Pantomaniacs


poster of mother goose pantomime





Fête 2019 Stall Bookings

We're now taking bookings for trade stalls and advertising in the free fête programme.

Please complete our booking form for all stalls.

Tables & Chairs For Hire

The Dunchurch Festival Group have available for hire 100 folding chairs and 25 folding tables suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

A returnable bond of £50 for the chairs and £100 for the tables is required in addition to the hiring fee of 50p per chair, £2 per table.

Collection & return delivery are the hirer's responsibility.

Please Contact Us to make arrangements.

Dunchurch Band Recruiting

The Dunchurch Band are recruiting for new members.

Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7.30pm - 9.30pm at:

The W. I. Hall, Southam Road, Dunchurch.

Contact Louise Balsom on :

01327 361564 or

07548 276993


 Computer Confidence.

  • Are you confused when your grandchildren talk about the web or Google or social media?
  • Do you Panic when they speak about Apps or Facebook Friends or when they chatter on about Blogs or Cyber Bullying?
  • Would you like to learn about emails? Book a holiday online? Know how to find your photos? Do you want to Skype your family? Print off a boarding pass? Find a bargain on ebay?

Then Computer Confidence is for you!

Come to the Library at Dunchurch on Thursdays

  • Every Thursday at 11am at the library
  • Use the library computers – or bring your own laptop
  • Only £2 per session


If you would like to book please phone 01788 811355 or sign up in the library.



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