Masks of fun...

Masked cast members ready for the ball in the panto
Masked cast members ready for the ball in the panto
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THE 31st panto performed by a local am-dram society is The Man in the Iron Pantomime Mask!

Westhoughton Methodist Amateur Dramatic Society performed their very first one in 1981 but have turned to the intrigue, rumour and gossip which are part of every day life at the court of King Louis 9 3/4 of France for this year’s show directed and written by Bill Greenhalgh.

The latest rumour concerns the identity of the mysterious prisoner in the Bastille, the famous prison in the middle of Paris. Who is he and why has he been forced to wear an iron pantomime mask?

The Man in the Iron Pantomime Mask is very loosely based on the novel by Alexander Dumas which was itself based on a true story. A fast moving, swash-buckling story containing scenes of mild peril and intrigue involving secret passages, swordfighting, hair restorer, gourmet sports cuisine, fiendish instruments of torture and traditional pantomime jokes.

Performance dates at Westhoughton Methodist Church Hall in Wigan Road, are Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11 and February 17 and 18 at 7.30pm.

Tickets, at £4.50 for adults and £4 for OAPs and children (including refreshments and a programme) can be booked by phoning 01942 811051 or by emailing: