Hobart all smiles and laughter

HOBART’S theatre company Bawdy Panto is ensuring that the smiles and laughter keep coming all year round thanks to a generous donation to the Humour Foundation.

Following a highly successful production of ‘Jack and his Giant Stalk’ late last year, the popular local troupe has recently donated more than $4000 in proceeds to the charity.

Bawdy Panto stalwart John Xintavelonis said proceeds from a post-show “bucket-rattling” were donated to a selected charity each year.

“Following last November’s Jack and his Giant Stalk, our audiences were super generous, resulting in the largest collection we have taken so far,” he said.

“I think it is because people have such a good time at Panto – their spirits are high and their generosity naturally flows.”

Amy Robbins and Ian Doig from the Humour Foundation praised the generosity of Tasmanians when they accepted the cheque in mid-March.

“In addition to our other fundraising activities throughout Tasmania, we have now collected more than $50,000,” Mr Doig said.

“All of these funds will now be allocated locally to ensure that the Clown Doctors program and other similar projects can continue in hospitals across the state.”

Now in its 15th year, Bawdy Panto delights regular Hobart theatregoers with an annual raunchy festive romp featuring a cast of well-known theatre personalities.

Preparations are now underway for the 2017 Bawdy Panto ‘Sleeping Booty’.

The show’s writer Daryl Peebles said the panto would vaguely follow the Sleeping Beauty storyline, but with a few twists thrown in.

“But for now the important thing to consider is that Bawdy Panto has been able to keep the smiles and laughter going with our efforts for the Clown Doctors,” he said.

Bawdy Panto’s Sleeping Booty will be showing at the Theatre Royal from 22-25 November.

For more information, visit www.theatreroyal.com.au/shows/sleeping-booty.

Caption: From left, the Humour Foundation’s Ian Doig and Amy Robbins with Bawdy Panto’s Daryl Peebles (dressed as Mrs Beryl Crust) and John Xintavelonis (dressed as Buttons). Photo credit: Ben Armitage.

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