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Bawdy Pantos returns to the stage with Bumblelina

JUST when you thought it was safe to go back to the theatre, the madcap bunch known as Bawdy Pantos are hitting the stage again with their annual twisted fairy tale.

This year’s raunchy romp is called ‘Bumblelina’, with the Bawdy Pantos returning to the Playhouse Theatre for the first time in more than a decade due to renovations at the Theatre Royal.

Directed by Howrah resident Ben Armitage, the story is a version of Thumblelina that sees among other things, time travel, the Tasmanian Parliament being taken over entirely by women and community Christmas carols that poke fun at Tasmanian people and places.

“This year, John X returns to the show and will be joined by his wife Cassie, Peter Gee, Danielle Lipscombe, Samantha James-Radford, Jeff Keogh, Sophie Tyrrell, Al Plath and the gorgeous Bawdy Pantos dancers,” Mr Armitage said.

“It’s our 16th year and the Bawdy Pantos has become a must see for local theatre goers who love a laugh and like to see some fun poked at Tasmania, Tasmanians and especially local politicians.

“Our writer Daryl Peebles always hits the mark with his witty take on Tasmanian politics and issues, and the cast throwing the odd idea or two along the way.

“Retired ABC newsreader Peter Gee has put pen to paper and come up with some hilarious versions of well-known Christmas carols.

“As always, we are raising money for charity and this year we are helping out Melanoma Tasmania, who provide counselling and support to Tasmanians and their families affected by melanoma.”

Bumblelina will be showing at the Playhouse Theatre from 4-15 December.

For more information or to book, visit www.centertainment.com.au/events/bawdy or phone 6234 5998.

Caption: Beryl Crust, left, played by Daryl Peebles and director Ben Armitage will make a welcome return to the stage in this year’s Bawdy Pantos, Bumblelina.