Jack And The Genetically Modified Beanstalk


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Pantoland, that magical place where dreams come true with the help of a sprinkling of fairy dust, a wave of a wand and the odd "Open Sesame".

It's all fantasy, dreams and make-believe.

Or is it?

Join Jack Trott on his seasonal adventure through pantoland with a twist, all the magical devices he finds could soon emerge from the world's laboratories.

Shoes that know whose feet they fit; magic carpet ripples helping aircraft fly more efficiently; beanstalks with super strong stems borrowed from forest creepers and all-knowing genies that emerge when you give your smart phone a secret rub.

"Oh no they don't!" you say.

Well, actually, it's "Oh yes they do!" and maybe sooner than you think.

Listen in for a journey like no other - panto meets patent; fantasy meets future; sesame meets science.

Listen and wonder what might be lurking under your Christmas tree.

Dramatised scenes written by John Peacock


Jack - Tom Glenister

Wily Old Man/Charming/The Queen/Hansel/George - Roger May

Dame Trott/Dyspesia/PR Man/Widow Twanky/foot fitter - Sam Dale

Giant/Dandini/Saucy Girl/Genie - Keith Drinkel

Fairy Godmother/Alopecia - Jane Whittenshaw

Cinderella/Aladdin/Gretel - Sara Markland

Presenter: Dr Sharon Ann Holgate

Producer: Toby Murcott

Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

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