Christmas 2006 saw the production of Hannah & The Tyger being performed for the very first time in history. A piece composed by the ever-talented, perfectly pitched John Hughes, together with his colleague Mike Scanlon who brought forth the libretto.
Complete details as follows:
(in order of appearance)
The Tyger – Adrian Jones A Priest – Michael Harris Hannah – Rosie Archer The Ringmaster – Richard Oxley A Fortune Teller – Jane Henderson Malmesbury Characters – Margaret Greenwood; Kate James; Brian Cook; Neil Archer Eilmer (yes really!) – Dick Jowitt Piano – John Hughes Violin – Harry Smith Flute – Julia Poynton Narrator – Colin Woodfield
The Crowd (Chorus) – The Malmesbury Singers and members of the Malmesbury Abbey Choir;
Jim Toogood in costume
Interspersed with a narrator who kept the story flowing, the tale told of a circus coming to town complete with resident tiger. The circus made camp in the gardens of the White Lion Inn, where Hannah Twynnoy worked as a barmaid. Unable to resist the temptation of stroking the tiger in between inn keeping, this ultimately led to her downfall. See Hannah Twynnoy for more details.