For many Oxonians, the build-up to Christmas is often punctuated by the excitement that surrounds the Oxford Playhouse's annual pantomime. 

This year, the theatre chose to stage a production of 'Dick Whittington and His Cat', a tale of English folklore that has been a popular narrative in the medium since the Victorian era - inspired by the mythos that has developed around the life of Richard Whittington (c. 1354-1423), a wealthy merchant and later Mayor of London, the story follows the titular character as he heads into town to seek his fortune. 

All is not what it's cracked up to be for Dick, however, and soon he discovers that King Rat is on his tail, and there's warnings of pirate ships on the horizon. 

And this year, one of those pirates was MCS pupil James (L4). Despite his young age, James is an immensely experienced panto-performer - this was his fourth year as a member of the Playhouse's cast - but being a pirate isn't easy work: James was on stage nearly forty times from November to January. 

Nevertheless, this busy schedule seems not to have dampened his spirits, as you can see from the adjoining picture!

Until next year, James!