Unusual ostrich fighting panto – or Essex’s Sleeping Beauty

KING Arthur will be performed this weekend by the Wendover Theatre Society – although unlike the traditional story, this version includes a battle scene on an ostrich.

The outlandish play, written by Chris Liversidge and directed by Ellen David, follows the evil black knight Mordred who wants to rule the land.

He challenges King Arthur to a joust for the hand of Princess Guinevere, hoping to kill him and become King.

But Arthur puts forward Sir Prancelot to fight for him, who ends up riding an ostrich instead of a horse.

At one point Guinevere is held ransom in a cave guarded by a fearsome dragon, and Merlin and Morgana have a sorcery battle.

The show will be performed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Wendover Memorial Hall.

For more details about the show visit www.wendovertheatre.co.uk

THERE will be no snoozing when Sleeping Beauty makes its entrance at Wing Village Hall this week.

In this upbeat version, the beautiful sleeping princess has the King of Wessex and Queen of Essex as parents.

The show is described as a mixture of folklore, pantomime, romance, and mayhem. It runs from Thursday-Saturday.

For tickets visit www.ticketsource.co.uk