IT’S Panto time of year once again – oh yes it is!

Steamy rehearsals this week.

Steamy rehearsals this week.

CHRISTMAS means it’s Panto time as the Butt Drama Circle present the Robin Hood themed ‘Babes In The Wood’.

The big opening night is tomorrow (Saturday) in the Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey.


While good King Richard is away his wicked brother John (played by Jack Quinn from Conal Gallen’s A Bit On The Side) plans to capture and kill the Kings children so that he can claim the throne for himself.

To this end he enlists the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham (Eugene McGee) and his two idiot henchmen Riff and Raff – played by Rory Farrell and A Bit On The Side’s Paddy McMenamin – to do his dirty work for him.

This of course turns out to be his big hilarious mistake. However, in the true tradition of panto nothing ever goes quite to plan.

The Sheriff has a son who dreams of being a famous footballer but ends up joining Robin Hood’s gang instead.

Will faithful Nurse Neuralgia (played by Panto favourite Ken Lillis) and the gang, aided by Robin Hood (Margaret O’Neill) and his Merry Men (including Dean Gillespie as Friar Tuck and Cathal Patten as Little John) be able to save the Babes In The Wood?

Some of the 'Babes in the Wood' chorus.

Some of the ‘Babes in the Wood’ chorus.

Packed full of music and laughter, this community production features a huge cast of well known local actors.


A Twin Towns institution, our pantomime is always an incredibly popular event so please do book your tickets early.

Babes In The Wood opens this Saturday, November 28, and runs until Friday, December 11.

Show times are 4.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and 8pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays.

Admission is just €10 for adults, €6 for children with a family ticket of two adults and two children available for €30.

You can book by calling the Balor Box Office on 0749131840 or book online at



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