Suitable for All Groups
A wholly original story with a setting in the Scottish Highlands that is guaranteed to delight all lovers of panto.
Billy Butler and his dog Haggis are hillwalking one day when they stumble across the ruins of an old abandoned village called Stramash. Given the chance of visiting the old village by Nutmeg, a passing gnome, Billy is transported back in time to 1850, and finds the villagers gripped by election fever. One of the candidates is the Laird of Stramash, Sir Dick d'Astard-Leigh, a nasty piece of work, and when he is defeated by shopkeeper Donald McDonald, he vows vengeance. The village rents are promptly doubled, and the villagers' only recourse is to approach the Laird directly. New Provost McDonald, plus his daughter Flora, Billy Butler and Dame Mairi Gould, are detailed to go to Stramash Castle to protest. The only thing is.... Stramash Castle is rumoured to be haunted! The scene is set for an extended sequence of comic horror and special effects that will have the audience gripping their seats in suspense and their sides with laughter as the goodies take on the rascally Sir Dick and seek to thwart his evil schemes! Other highlights include a hilarious picnic on the Bonny Banks of Lochnagar which rouses a certain Beastie from the loch's depths...
Players: 4 Male, 3 Female, 4 M/F Parts
Cast: Billy Butler, Haggis, Nutmeg, Flora, Mairi, Donald, Hamish, Morag, Butt, Ben, Sir Dick Dastard-Leigh, Supermutt
Sets: 3 Main Sets
Period: modern and mid-Victorian
Running Time: 2 hours
Notes: Production notes inc FX and musical numbers suggested.
Download Sample Script: Stramash
This is no re-hash of an old fairy story or folk tale but a refreshingly new concept ... and joyous family story. ... guaranteed to keep the audience in stitches. It's a must for societies looking afresh for a pantomime with a truly Scottish setting within which they will find myriad opportunity to implant local humour.
Amateur Stage, June 1999
... the characters are well written and the various scenes full of fun. Guaranteed to delight panto lovers.
Scene, May 1999
Just to let you know that we have got through three of our five performances (of "Stramash") and they have all gone really really well. People have said how much they have enjoyed it - more than a traditional one - because they don't know what is coming next! Everyone thinks that it is a really good script as well. We have performed NODA ones (amongst others) in the past and sometimes they have gone on too long (especially when you want to get plenty of songs and dances in as well). We liked having musical items suggested (although we did change some) and it was very useful having the sound effects and props listed at the back of the script. I think my daughter has turned into a dog - she is enjoying playing Haggis so much - people think she has something which she presses to 'woof' but it is her own 'woof'! I am playing Butt which is completely different for me, since I have always played principal boy or girl. I am enjoying this role very much along with a friend who is playing Ben. We have ginger wigs and tartan hats (we look really gormless) and everyone says we look like twins. Everyone says we are look really funny and are suited to the role (I'm not sure if that is a compliment or not!!!!!!).
Mandy Stockton, Heckmondwike United Reform Church, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire