The Edington Drama and Media Group presented a splendid evening of family entertainment at The Penrith Players theatre with Cumbria Wildlife Trust on Saturday 7th October, with stories from Prism Arts. Run by Cumbria County Council, The Edington Centre is a day centre for adults with learning disabilities where they are provided innovative daytime activities and opportunities. Inspired by Cumbrian folklore, a group of incredible individuals from the Centre put on a show to support the wildlife conservation in Cumbria and raise awareness of the local nature reserve, Eycott Hill. The weird and wonderful play was written, produced, and performed by the Edington Centre, directed by Max Fuchs, with music provided by Ethereal Music.
The evening began with a comedic trio of clowns who sparked howls of laughter with their humorous pranks, as they pulled out a few tricks from their sleeves and trouser legs to surprise the audience.
More stories followed, telling the tales of folklore that surround Eycott Hill. An evil Jenny Green Teeth planned to destroy the world with her monstrous creations, but after a rebellious act from the ravens, trolls, frogs, and hobs, she was sent down a hole where she now lurks in the depths of the ground.
Before the evening’s interval, Ethereal Music engaged the audience with relaxing instrumental melodies that filled the room as people gazed in awe at the colourful photos of Cumbria on display.
Individuals then helped themselves to hot beverages and homemade cakes whilst they waited for the raffle to take place. Before continuing the show, those with the lucky numbers got their hands on some mysterious gifts and goodies.
To restore the entertainment, Will Harris returned with his piano-playing skills and friends from Sunbeams Music Trust to open their lungs on stage. Richard Raine began with a song that he had previously perfected for an appearance on BBC Radio Cumbria. Alison Beckwith hit the high notes with the tune of ‘Amazing Grace’, whilst Michael Doe wrote his own songs about his holidays. Philip Labram kept his song on track with the support of Will Harris, and Judith Hall bravely performed a classic from Elvis, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’. The room was bursting full of jubilant energy as people bounced up and down on their seats to sing along.