PREPARATIONS for a musical descended into farce when the chairman of Halifax Light Opera Society got his head stuck in the helmet from a suit of armour.
George Mitchell couldn’t resist trying it on when the prop was delivered to his home in Copley, Halifax,
Mr Mitchell said: “I thought ‘That’s fantastic. I’ll just have to try it on.’”
But he got caught up in a drama of his own when he couldn’t get it off again.
“The helmet is hinged centrally, so it tucks around the neck,” he said.
“I opened it as far as I thought it would go – and couldn’t get it off.
“I had this vision of being the guy in casualty with a helmet stuck on his head.”
Luckily there was no need to dial 999 as he eventually managed to free himself.
“I nearly took my ears off before realising it goes backwards and not uphill,” he said.
“I felt a little bit foolish, as you can imagine.”
The suit of armour features in the group’s production of Me and My Girl at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax.
The rags-to-riches tale about a Cockney boy-turned-earl will be from Tuesday November 8 until Saturday November 12, when there will also be a matinee.
Collections will be held for Overgate Hospice during the run. Ticket prices start at £12.