09 December 2011 to 02 January 2012
Evil forces are at play in this far from sleepy production of the classic fairy tale story of Princess Aurora Ė the girl who pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and promptly falls asleep for 100 years!
Itís a true, traditional pantomime battle of good over evil, with the conniving, calculating Fairy Carabosse concocting spells and potions in a bid to out do the loveable Lilac Fairy.
Nurse Katy Cough Drop will be delivering a dame sized performance as she prescribes laughter and comedy for all the family and a handsome hero from lands far away will be searching for his princess in this panto tale thatís everything but sleepy!
Vicki Michelle - Carabosse
Mike Newman Jnr - Muddles
Adam Daye - Nurse Katy Cough-Drop
Gary Tushaw - Prince Rupert
Carys Gray - Lilac Fairy
Sarah Thatcher - Princess Aurora
Maurice Thorogood - King Court Short
Director: Maurice Thorogood
Choreographer: Drew Varley
Musical Director: Robert Wicks
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This show’s heart is in the right place. The excellent singing voices of Carys Gray (a particularly soulful Lilac Fairy), Sarah Thatcher (Princess Aurora) and Gary Tushaw (Prince Robin) are too often drowned by synth and percussion, yet the audience doesn’t seem to mind - it’s too wrapped up in the thrill of live theatre… Read more...
12 December 2011
This show’s heart is in the right place. The excellent singing voices of Carys Gray (a particularly soulful Lilac Fairy), Sarah Thatcher (Princess Aurora) and Gary Tushaw (Prince Robin) are too often drowned by synth and percussion, yet the audience doesn’t seem to mind - it’s too wrapped up in the thrill of live theatre.
Comic duties are carried by Adam Daye, a fine traditional dame, and Mike Newman Jnr, who has a great rapport with the children in the audience, as Muddles. Maurice Thorogood, who also directs, gives us a nicely avuncular king.
Sets and costumes are particularly spectacular, as are the laser graphics, whether as narration or depicting dragons for Prince Robin to defeat.
The show really takes off in the second half, with lots of traditional set pieces such as a tongue-twister sketch full of ad-libs, a wallpaper routine that’s a little restrained but will surely get messier as the run continues, and a ghosties and ghoulies song.
There’s a quirky yet largely appropriate mix of pop songs - Lady Gaga’s Born This Way being a case in point. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen it sung by Vicki Michelle as Carabosse held aloft by dancers with a laser show swirling around. She is having a whale of a time. So is the audience.