Tina and Rob Burbidge, who have one of their scripts being performed in Tazmania this Christmas, have again taken up their pens to create a home-grown panto.

Two princesses fall for the same enchanted frog but only one can win his heart in the story of The Princess and The Frog.

“We wanted to have a story that featured a princess - two princesses, in fact - but a story that would appeal to girls and boys alike, and not be too cliched. So we have the kind Princess Kia, who wants to help everyone around the palace by being an engineer, and her naughty older sister Portia who is a spoilt brat,’’ said Rob.

“Our put-upon frog, Freddy, has been enchanted by two well-meaning but incompetent witches, Maisie and Elsie (Penny Caird and Sharon Bennett) and adding to the fun is Isaac Burbidge as Mechanical Mike the palace inventor.’’ Along with the humans and a frog, we also have the Three Mice and an evil cat,’’ added Tina.

The husband and wife writing team have been working with Wroughton Amateur Dramatic Society since 2003, tackling both traditional and unusual storylines. Many of these have been subsequently published and performed in the UK and around the world, including the United States, Australia, Ireland, Canada, and Italy. Their version of Treasure Island, first performed in 2006 in Wroughton, is being produced in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania this December.

The Princess and The Frog is the Christmas production by WADAMS, which will be performed at the Ellendune Centre, Wroughton, near Swindon, from December 7 to December 9 at 7.30pm with two matinees at 2.30pm.

Hopping into the role of Freddy, the enchanted frog, will be Michaela Cadden and, along with being co-writer of the panto, Tina takes the part of Princess Kia. Adam Jenkins takes on the role of Princess Portia, the spoilt elder daughter of King Jeremy, played by Neale Cooper and Queen Prosecca, played by Bev Margerison.

There are a number of children in the panto, the youngest being nine. Along with playing Bessie the cook, Jane Weston is the creative eye behind the job of wardrobe mistress and the backstage crew of Dave Gresham, Sheila Cairns and Ian Burbidge painted and built the imaginative set.

Sally Parker from WADAMS said: “We try to recycle our costumes but every so often some renewing/updating is required. Usually for a panto we all help out with the props.’’

The drama society began on June 1 1964 under the guiding hand of Dr Peter Gladders. The actors produce two main productions a year, one is a play and the other a pantomime or Christmas story.

WADAM’s dramas are frequently entered in the Swindon One Act Play Festival where they have notched up a number of awards.

Tickets to see The Princess and the Frog are £10 for adults and £8 for children from 01793 813847 or 813307 or visit www.wadmasdrama.org.uk