Eastern Angles are making a return to the Key Theatre Studio from 22-26 January with their alternative to the traditional pantomime, The Fenland Screamers & Other Boggy Tales.
It is 30th December, 1930. Young amateur sleuth siblings Sloppy & Sixpence arrive at a remote house in the middle of Clinker Fen, invited by a distant relative to celebrate the New Year. Tempted by the idea of a grand weekend party, they find the place deserted apart from the creepy butler, Tangent. He is expecting them and despite their misgivings, they decide to stay.
Other guests arrive, all strangers to one another, and as the fog descends, cutting them off from the outside world, they pass the time by telling stories. It becomes apparent that they all have a guilty secret, and are unnerved when Tangent tells them the local legend of the Fenland Screamers, avenging spirits who emerge from the bogs to drag the guilty back down into the mire.
When one of the guests mysteriously disappears, they all begin to fear for their lives. Can Sloppy & Sixpence solve the mystery before the Screamers come again and take them all, one by one? From the sublime to the ridiculous you can expect a quirky, quick-paced farce punctuated with original catchy songs, suitable for kids both sides of 40!
The show has already had sell out performances in Ipswich and Woodbridge in Suffolk and now takes the final leg of the tour to Peterborough. The cast of five includes returning performers Joe Leat and Geri Allen. Audiences familiar with Eastern Angles will recognise Geri from Stoat Hall in 2016 and Joe from The Mystery of St. Finnigan’s Elbow in 2014.
Joe, who plays over six characters in the show, says: ‘The whole atmosphere of an Eastern Angles Christmas show is so warm and mischievous, I’m extremely happy to be back.’ Geri adds: ‘It’s really exciting we get to extend the show to Peterborough and continue the festive cheer. We’re loving the fact we get to bring The Fenland Screamers to Peterborough as we’re so close to the Fens themselves. It’s the perfect local setting for the hilarious spooky tales in the show!’
Joining Geri and Joe are Eloise Kay (recent credits include The Mariner and The Old Curiosity Shop with Common Ground Theatre Company), James Macnaughton (Romeo & Juliet at RSC Open Air Theatre and the BBC’s The Hollow Crown) and Anthony Pinnick (Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe and Peter Pan at Theatre By The Lake).
If you’re looking for a top night out to beat the January blues, The Fenland Screamers & Other Boggy Tales is sure to be the cure!
The Fenland Screamers & Other Boggy Tales
Key Theatre Studio, Peterborough
Book online at vivacity.org or call Box Office on 01733 207239
Photos: Mike Kwasniak