A Christmas Pantomime for 2019

From a correspondent (thank you!)

“Once upon a time in a land far, far away from the Palace of Westminster, there lived a woman of courage who was famous for her noble qualities and outstanding achievements.

She lived in the Shire of East Devon and worked tirelessly trying to improve the lives of the local inhabitants. She was admired by the folk of the Shire, who thought that she was the ‘Wright’ sort of person to fully understand their fears, hopes and dreams, having lived alongside them in their community for many years.

The townsfolk and villagers had long been ruled by local, affluent land-owning Barons, who had failed to consider their less prosperous neighbours’ viewpoints and beliefs. However, as the Barons continued to amass great wealth, many people in the Shire became poorer, some even having to resort to begging on the streets or visiting food banks to ensure their families were fed!

The wealthy Barons also encouraged voracious Development Dragons to roam the land, devouring the Shire’s green fields, ravaging the countryside and exhaling clouds of pollutants into the environment. However, the Dragons were tolerated by the Barons because these giant monsters agreed to leave sizeable pots of gold to the Barons in compensation for the destruction that had been caused by their huge appetites and consequently the pots of gold allowed the Barons to grow even richer and fatter!

The Palace of Westminster feared all challenges from the Shires and so the Sheriff sent forth a ‘last minute’ Champion on the very long, arduous journey from Westminster to East Devon to do battle to ‘Juppardise’ any chances of independence for the Shire.

It was proposed that a Jousting Tournament should take place on Thursday 12th December 2019 from dawn to dusk, with the overall winner gaining control of the Shire. The Palace was able to supply big-budget lances for the Joust and such an arsenal may prove difficult to overcome and the odds seem stacked against the diminutive figure of the Shire’s heroine.

However Goliaths can be toppled and she has always been able to rely on support from numerous Magical Otters with phenomenal powers beyond belief and they all intend standing shoulder to shoulder with her in this special battle. As the time for the Jousting Tournament approaches there are very large numbers of Shire folk preparing to make the journey to support her in their droves.

Will there be ‘A Happily Ever After’ ending to this Fairytale?

That part of the Story is yet to be written. …”