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In pictures: Lauderdale House hosts spooky Halloween panto

Cast from the left: Sarah Dearlove as Pretty P the spider, Martin Teall as Dad and Ratty, Jo Wickham as the evil Queen Sorib, Andy Mcleod as Tickety and Madeleine MacMahon as Princess Ruby. Picture: Polly Hancock

Cast from the left: Sarah Dearlove as Pretty P the spider, Martin Teall as Dad and Ratty, Jo Wickham as the evil Queen Sorib, Andy Mcleod as Tickety and Madeleine MacMahon as Princess Ruby. Picture: Polly Hancock

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Lauderdale House hosted a Halloween panto last week with a series of socially distanced shows - and spooky costumes galore.

The audience dressed for the occassion. Pictured audience members Iris (5), Charlotte (4) Juno (2) and Inès (4). Picture: Polly HancockThe audience dressed for the occassion. Pictured audience members Iris (5), Charlotte (4) Juno (2) and Inès (4). Picture: Polly Hancock

The Lost Toys, written and directed by Highgate’s Tim McArthur, was performed on the tea lawn as audience members came dressed in impressive Halloween attire, turning themselves into everything from pumpkins to spiders.

The fairytale performance took place over three sittings between October 21-23. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the show replaced Lauderdale House’s annual spooky walk which normally follows a trail around the 440-year-old house and grounds.

Lauderdale House director Katherine Ives said: “We were so happy to do ‘something’ for Halloween as it is such a core part of our annual programme and we know how much families love to dress up and get into the spirit.

“Also, at a time when there is so little work for creatives it was wonderful to give our professional team a chance to use their talent.”

Georgia, 8, who dressed as a spider witch. Picture: Polly HancockGeorgia, 8, who dressed as a spider witch. Picture: Polly Hancock
The Lost Toys -� an original play for Halloween, written and directed by Tim McArthur, performed on the Tea Lawn at Lauderdale House. Picture: Katherine IvesThe Lost Toys -� an original play for Halloween, written and directed by Tim McArthur, performed on the Tea Lawn at Lauderdale House. Picture: Katherine Ives
Arriving for the show - Lea, 6, and Manon, 4. Picture: Polly HancockArriving for the show - Lea, 6, and Manon, 4. Picture: Polly Hancock
Audience members from the Craven family. Picture: Polly HancockAudience members from the Craven family. Picture: Polly Hancock
Audience members from the Smith family. Picture: Polly HancockAudience members from the Smith family. Picture: Polly Hancock
Audience members Iris, 5, and her mum Julie. Picture: Polly HancockAudience members Iris, 5, and her mum Julie. Picture: Polly Hancock
Jo Wickham as the evil Queen Sorib. Picture: Polly HancockJo Wickham as the evil Queen Sorib. Picture: Polly Hancock
Madeleine MacMahon as Princess Ruby. Picture: Polly HancockMadeleine MacMahon as Princess Ruby. Picture: Polly Hancock

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Socially distanced seating and chances to join in with the songs and actions. Picture: Polly HancockSocially distanced seating and chances to join in with the songs and actions. Picture: Polly Hancock
Jo Wickham as the evil Queen Sorib. Picture: Polly HancockJo Wickham as the evil Queen Sorib. Picture: Polly Hancock
Sarah Dearlove as Pretty P the spider. Picture: Polly HancockSarah Dearlove as Pretty P the spider. Picture: Polly Hancock
Madeleine MacMahon as Princess Ruby and Martin Teall as Ratty. Picture: Polly HancockMadeleine MacMahon as Princess Ruby and Martin Teall as Ratty. Picture: Polly Hancock
Martin Teall as Ratty. Picture: Polly HancockMartin Teall as Ratty. Picture: Polly Hancock
From left at the piano: Musical director Stephen Hose, Jo Wickham as the evil Queen Sorib and Madeleine MacMahon as Princess Ruby. Picture: Polly HancockFrom left at the piano: Musical director Stephen Hose, Jo Wickham as the evil Queen Sorib and Madeleine MacMahon as Princess Ruby. Picture: Polly Hancock
The Lost Toys - an original play for Halloween, written and directed by Tim McArthur, performed on the Tea Lawn at Lauderdale House. Cast from the left: Sarah Dearlove as Pretty P the spider, Martin Teall as Dad and Ratty, Madeleine MacMahon as Princess Ruby, Andy Mcleod as Tickety and Head Demon and Jo Wickham as the evil Queen Sorib.The Lost Toys - an original play for Halloween, written and directed by Tim McArthur, performed on the Tea Lawn at Lauderdale House. Cast from the left: Sarah Dearlove as Pretty P the spider, Martin Teall as Dad and Ratty, Madeleine MacMahon as Princess Ruby, Andy Mcleod as Tickety and Head Demon and Jo Wickham as the evil Queen Sorib.

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