Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves set to steal the show at Newport Village Hall

PUBLISHED: 11:46 19 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:46 19 January 2017

Ali Baba

Ali Baba

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is this year’s pantomime from the Newport Amateur Theatrical Society and looks full of Eastern promise.

The show is a real family affair with brothers and sister on stage together with their mums and dads.

The Baddie, Kasim, Ali Baba’s evil brother (boo, hiss) is played by Steve Dunn from Saffron Walden whose son Edward is Squeak, part of the comedy duo Bubble and Squeak, and daughter Amy will be half of the camel.

Teenager, Olive Higham plays Bubble, her dad Joe is doing the lighting and her two sisters, Pippa and Louisa are in the chorus as are several mothers and daughters.

Ali Baba is played by Becky Monk from Newport. His son, Rhum BaBa by Rosie Millar with Alice Patten, a Joyce Frankland pupil, as Rhum’s beloved, Polly Jones, daughter of the archaeologist Professor Jones. Dame Fatima will be played by Matthew Fyleman from Newport.

There will be plenty of singing and dancing. Most of the costumes, including the camel’s outfit and the dame’s several changes, have been made by the company’s last remaining founder member, Yvonne Hannant.

Yvonne said: “The camel costume is a first for me. We have been performing pantomimes since the society was formed in 1999. We are a community run society and we welcome everyone.”

Shows at Newport Village Hall, Friday January 27 and Saturday January 28 at 7.30pm and a matinee show on Sunday, January 29 at 1.30pm. Tea, coffee, cake, sweets and soft drinks. Licensed bar at the evening performances. Tickets, £7.50 adults, £6 concessions (Over 60 or under 16) from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre in the Market Square, 01799 524002 or Newport Village Stores.

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