Ba Ba Land

Date 12th January 2024
Society Quince Players
Venue Cordes Hall
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Sarah Matthews
Musical Director Angela McCarthy
Choreographer Lucy, Molly and Ruth Matthews , Orla McCarthy , Vivian Netto
Written By David and Fiona Barker

Report

Author: Nick Humby

Quince Players proudly presented the world premiere of their own pantomime written by two members based on a collection of well-known nursery rhymes, and incorporating many traditional elements of the genre. The result, Ba Ba Land, was a fun and entertaining evening delivered by an enthusiastic and largely young cast. The Dame’s son, Little Boy blue has lost his mojo as well as his horn and as a result lost his nerve in pursuing the Principal Girl, Little Bo Beep while the Big Bad Wolf, supported by Jack and Jill wants to disrupt the Ba Ba Land’s got talent competition and rid the land of rhyming couplets. It’s a good concept building on our familiarity of the characters.

They incorporate traditional pantomime business including audience participation, the ghost scene, the school scene, and plenty of mild adult innuendo but the routine that really stands out is a wonderfully executed reworking of the 12 days of Christmas which produces the show highlight. There were some excellent video elements added to the scenes and some very well painted backcloths and wing flats which take inspiration from the nursery rhymes.

The band produced a very full sound with a good selection of music from pop, film and musical theatre including Friendship, Our Last Summer, Don’t go breaking my heart and Stayin Alive. The energy and commitment of the cast carried the audience along and created a good ensemble feel with everybody coming together in the end to deserved applause.