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Exeter Drama Company

Pied Piper - December 1994

Written by Madge Miller, Pied Piper is based on the famous nursery rhyme. Residents are worried when a plague of rats infests the town of Hamelin.

Pied Piper - Madam Dekker, Hendrik, Mistress Tilli, The Pied Piper, Cornelis, Jan Dekker and Madam Holst

However, a strange Piper appears with an offer to dispose of the rats for a thousand guilders. The local Council agrees, and the Piper does actually charm the rats with his pipe, and they are all drowned in the river.

Pied Piper - Hendrik Holst, Dirk, Anna, Cornelis, Madam Holst and Madam Dekker

But the townspeople refuse to pay him his fee, so the Piper charms their children with his pipe, and leads them to a nearby mountainside, where walls of rock close around them. Dirk, a little lame boy who was unable to keep up with the children entering the mountain, tries to recapture the Piper's tune on his own pipe, but finds himself unable to remember it until each of the townspeople has surrendered the possession he loves the most.

Pied Piper - the full cast

Jan Dekker    ................. Malcolme Littler
Madam Dekker    ................. Jenny Trace
Anna Dekker    ................. Laura Hartley
Cornelis Holst    ................. Richard Holladay
Madam Holst    ................. Lynda Jewell
Hendrik Holst    ................. Matthew Ruddle
Mistress Tilli    ................. Diana Phillips
Dirk    ................. Jack Slee
The Pied Piper    ................. Edward Heeley
Village children    ................. Laura Hoad, Lucy Holladay,
Oswin and George Holladay
Directed by    ................. Wendy Montgomery and Ian Guy