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STONE ME! HAND BACK MY ROCKS.

The baddies are giving David Essex a hard time in the panto Robinson Crusoe.

But the seventies' rock star isn't being bothered by stage villains... the baddies are in the audience.

They are holding the capital's King's Theatre to ransom by hanging on to their Edinburgh rock!

Theatre bosses are foaming at the mouth because props are vanishing faster than ice- creams at the interval. Cheeky panto fans are pirating the foam rubber rocks used to shoo away the baddies in David's version of the desert-island adventure.

That's bad news for star David and real-life daughter Verity, who plays Crusoe's daughter, Polly.

The rocks are like gold dust for souvenir hunters and the reluctant pelters are getting... pelters!

When the panto started its run, there were 2,000 "rocks".

Now David is being forced to beg punters to give them back.

But audience participation is a bit slow - people are hanging on to the prized rocks.

Frantic producer Robin Francis said: "The audience just goes wild and some of them pelt everything that moves.

"But unfortunately too many people are hanging on to the rocks."
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 29, 1996
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