A LOCAL theatre group will be performing their first show since the pandemic.

The Grasmere Players will be performing their own twist on the classic Red Riding Hood.

The pantomime was written by Annie Miller and directed and edited by Matty Jackman, the show will be performed at Grasmere Village Hall.

The show will run for three nights, starting on Thursday 13 with doors opening at 6:30pm till Saturday 15.

On why they chose to perform Red Riding Hood, Mr Jackman said: "It's a universally loved panto that we have put our own twist on.

"It's not just the conventional story, it's definitely an adaptation which is quite juicy."

Adding people should be surprised.

The Grasmere Players have also added their own local twist on the show, including a town called Graslachen which is the fictional town where the panto is set.

Mr Jackman first performed with the Grasmere Players in 2018 and this will be his first time directing the players.

Mr Jackman said he wasn't apprehensive or worried about the aspect the show could be called off due to Covid, he said: "We have a very responsible cast who are keen to lateral flow and keep themselves safe.

"We have a doctor in our cast and former chemist so we're all very conscious of it."

He added, "We're a very resilient cast and a smart one so we know what we've been doing is safe and it has been very enjoyable to make."

The dress rehearsals are taking place this Wednesday and opening night will take place on Thursday.

Mr Jackman has guaranteed that the performance will make people laugh adding 'It's a directors guarantee'.

Tickets are still available for all show nights. They are £10 for adults and £5 for children, tickets can be purchased on the door and collected from Barney's Newsbox.

All audience members are to wear face coverings unless exempt and they ask if people can take a lateral flow test before attending.