PAST young farmers are preparing to tread the boards once again as they put on their annual traditional pantomime.

Under the banner, 27up, past members of Northumberland YFC will take audiences down the rabbit hole and into the weird and wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland on January 9 and 11, from 7pm at Hexham’s Queen’s Hall. There will also be a matinee show on January 11 at 2pm.

This is the latest pantomime from the production team of Tom Richardson and Clare North-Lewis.

“It’s a family show, with a couple of tweaks on the original storyline and a few new characters, but similar to the classic,” said Tom, who will take to the stage himself as the Mad Hatter. “It’s still a journey through Wonderland but with a few twists which make it a young farmers’ production.”

The show will star Tim Reed as everyone’s favourite White Rabbit, David Burn as the comedic court jester, David Carr (ex Hexham YFC) and Stewie Weatherson (ex Haltwhistle YFC) as Dum and Dee, David Nixon (ex Whitley Chapel YFC) as the King of Wonderland and Lorraine Cowley as the Queen, which will be Lorraine’s first major role. The dame will be played by Selby North-Lewis; the show’s villain, the Knave, by Lucinda Richardson. The role of Alice herself will be Leila Smith.

“We’ve been in rehearsals since September, and thanks to everyone’s hard work, the show has come together,” said Tom.

“As well as the cast, it’s also important to thank everyone in the crew who helped backstage with costumes, lighting and sets because we wouldn’t be anywhere without them.”