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Brentwood Brewery kicks off festive season with The Drunkest Showman panto for charity

PUBLISHED: 15:26 11 December 2019 | UPDATED: 15:26 11 December 2019

L-R: Phil Pebardy, Andy Webb and Paul Buckley in Brentwood Brewery's Panto The Drunkest Showman . Picture: Wendy Pike

L-R: Phil Pebardy, Andy Webb and Paul Buckley in Brentwood Brewery's Panto The Drunkest Showman . Picture: Wendy Pike

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A free family-run pantomime based on the popular show The Greatest Showman proved to be a hit with visitors to the Brentwood Brewery.

Ralph Kannor as Roland in The Drunkest Showman pantomime at Brentwood Brewery. Picture: Wendy PikeRalph Kannor as Roland in The Drunkest Showman pantomime at Brentwood Brewery. Picture: Wendy Pike

Members of the Brentwood Brewery in Ongar Road performed their second annual pantomime, The Drunkest Showman, on Saturday, December 7.

Written by MD Roland Kannor's youngest son, Ralph, the pantomime was in aid of the Special Needs and Parents (Snap) charity.

Ralph also directed the show and played the lead role of Roland, his dad.

He said: "It was a big nose to fill but hopefully I did the iconic character that is my dad, justice.

The cast performing The Drunkest Showman pantomime at the Brentwood Brewery. Picture: Holly KannorThe cast performing The Drunkest Showman pantomime at the Brentwood Brewery. Picture: Holly Kannor

"Thank you to everyone for making my stupidity a reality."

Head Brewer Ethan Kannor and Roland's wife Debbie Kannor played themselves while daughter Hope Kannor, got to wear last year's Brexit the Cow panto costume from Jack and the Beerstalk as Moo-Ber the Pedestrian Taxi.

Roland said: "All credit to Ralph for his vision, commitment and for writing the show, adapting the songs and playing the lead.

"And no, I haven't got a big nose.

Andy Webb as Bearded Lady in Tthe Drunkest Showman pantomime at the Brentwood Brewery. Picture: Holly KannorAndy Webb as Bearded Lady in Tthe Drunkest Showman pantomime at the Brentwood Brewery. Picture: Holly Kannor

"But big thanks also to everyone who gave up their time for rehearsals and helped to make the panto happen and of course to everyone who came along to watch and join in."

In the tradition of pantomime and in the style of The Greatest Showman, this unique show started by telling the brewery's own story from the spark of an idea in a pub.

It then time travels forward to a dystopian future of a corporate buy-out, automated production and worse still, a product lacking in taste and integrity.

Bearded Ladies singing This is Me in The Drunkest Showman pantomime at Brentwood Brewery. Picture: Holly KannorBearded Ladies singing This is Me in The Drunkest Showman pantomime at Brentwood Brewery. Picture: Holly Kannor

A wake-up call follows which focuses Roland's mind on the values that really matter.

The story jumps back to the present day for a happy ending, with a rousing power anthem to finish the show.

There was the usual panto audience participation, a professional heckler and with printed song sheets at the ready, the audience was encouraged to join in the singing.

Adults also had the option of buying a ticket so they could enjoy five different beers written into the panto that were served during the show, with a donation going to Snap.

Snap ambassador Penny Hollington, joined the cast playing a key role as Buddy the Devil, an evil Lager Rep and was delighted with the audience's response, booing her character so heartily.

Roland added: "It was tremendous fun again for us and it seemed to go down pretty well with the audience as, surprisingly, we even got an encore, so it couldn't have been too bad.

"The panto was about fun, the local community coming together to bring some festive cheer to entertain local people and raise a little cash for Snap charity.

"Incidentally, if you didn't see the panto but would like to make a donation, we're still collecting."

Brewery sales manager Brett Sanders acted as a technical guru and sound manager.

Other cast members included Brewer Dave Golding (Heckler and Elephant), office manager Carol Tomsett and freelance press officer Wendy Pike (Staff, Bearded Ladies and Pub Punters), Phil Peberdy (Italian Chef and Brewer, Welsh Bartender, Scouse Bartender and Lager Bod, Bubble Boy), Paul Buckley (Dave Holmes, Staff and Bearded Lady) and Andy Webb (Staff, Pub Punter and most attractive Bearded Lady).

Brentwood Brewery's next event will be Tryanuary beer tasting on Saturday, January 18.

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