Half a Kingdom – the Rhossili Village Pantomime - "A wonderful community performance!"

Report by Jo Eagle
Sunday 13 January, 2008

The retelling of an Icelandic folk tale by Rhossili resident Helen Griffith was the basis of the highly enjoyable pantomime ‘Half a Kingdom’, which was performed in Rhossili Village Hall on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January 2008.

All the ingredients of a traditional pantomime were present in what Helen described as a ‘wonderful community performance’. It certainly brought local talent to the fore with the magnificently comic trolls played by Rob Dyer and Jo Scott. As their ears grew larger along with Rob’s bosom, the local jokes and innuendo came thick and fast.

The number of youngsters from the community who were involved was particularly notable. Not only were they delightful to look at, but their confidence and presence on stage was brilliant.

The leads in Prince Iolo played by Alex Beynon and Gwenllian played by Jenny Bevan, made a very attractive couple, backed up by three dashing courtiers – Dyfrig and Huw Provis and Reuben Nicholas who sang a splendid solo.

Rhossili’s own Geoff Beynon as the King is already known for his superb voice and was excellent. Colour and glamour was further provided by Gill Evans as the Queen and Sophie Beynon as Princess Petal, keeping up the family tradition of treading the boards.

James Beynon
made a great first minister naturally called Rhodri, giving a good opportunity for some Welsh Assembly jokes.


As in all pantomimes there have to be some villains so that the audience can Boo and Hiss! The tax collectors gamely played by Tony Sanger and Helen Griffith herself provided this and with the use of some local ladies of the village - Mary Beynon and Vicki James, yet more local goings on were incorporated.

The performances were well attended with good audience participation aided in no small way by the narrator Lynda Shaw. She told jokes and linked scenes with consummate skill, along with Nigel James on keyboard, as scenery changes took place in the confined spaces behind the curtain.

A great time was had by all!

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