I'll clip the lion's mane he shall not roar
I'll cut him down, or make him sore
The dragon is normally initially killed with George's spear thrust into it - however the dragon recovers and attacks George when his back is turned. The crowd warns George with cries of "look out" and in true panto style "BEHIND YOU", whereupon George draws a water pistol and sprays the dragon who cries "Oh no, not water" and dies.
George adopts the "hunter with killed prey pose"
In 1996 George just spears stabs the lion with his spear
Ladies and Gentlemen for your delight
A world heavyweight fight in this very room, tonight.
In the blue corner - Bold Slasher.
[boos from audience]
And in the red corner for England and thee Saint George
[cheers from audience (boos from Slasher)]
[Sword clashing, Slasher overpowers George, but is stopped before kill]
End of round one
[Protests from Slasher]
[They fight again, Phoebe calls to Slasher ("Cooee Slasher"), he is distracted, waves and is killed]
Thelwall often make the initial exclamation by the doctor venue specific.
Yes there's a doctor in the Bull's Head
Can stop this Turk from feeling dead
The more awful the rhyme, then the better (or worse) - this also provides some amusement to the actors who will not know in advance what dreadful pun awaits.
It does usually need a Johnny Jack to dance badly (otherwise the fool's comment "wher you know one dance" is fairly meaningless)
Copyright © 1997 Andrew J White