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The panto's Alison Glenn
"Percy suddenly started swearing"
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Wednesday, 1 December, 1999, 15:52 GMT
Panto parrot banned for swearing
Parrot Blue lines from an Amazonian Green

A parrot set to make its stage debut in pantomime this Christmas has been given the sack - after squawking a string of obscenities during rehearsals.

Percy, an Amazonian Green Parrot, turned the air blue in a final run-through of Pirates on Treasure Island for the Jakes Ladder Theatre Company in Blandford, Dorset.

When cued for the traditional line "Pieces of eight", the parrot came out with "P*** off, mate".

Owner 'shocked'

Assuming it was an innocent slip from an inexperienced thespian, the cast pressed on but Percy then started chanting "B****r off, b****r off", followed by a series of even ruder words.

The cast was amused but managers decided they could not risk the foul-beaked parrot offending young members of the audience.

Percy's owner is said to be shocked by his behaviour.

With the curtain due to go up for the first public performance of the show on Friday, directors are desperately searching for a more reliable stand-in.

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