Beauty and the Beast
16th January 2019
Little Eaton Players
Little Eaton Village Hall
Type of Production
Author: Keith Scott-Savage
Bright and colourful, with some imaginative touches, making the most of a restrictive playing area, the Players yet again came up with a most entertaining pantomime, in Lea Holmes' adaption of the magical story.
Catherine Baker as Fiona the enchantress, was in great form as the show`s major baddie, and she was well supported by Gary Heap as the arrogant, preening Gaston.
In the title roles, Neve Smith was well cast, delivering a charming, classy performance as Beauty, and Nick Mothershaw was a most able beast, giving a sympathetic portrayal. The transformation scenes were slickly managed. Other notable roles came from Lea Holmes as Frank, a likeable joker, along with Rachel Holmes as Snot Rag. I particularly liked the cookery scene with David Jones as Dame Potty and Sue Kirkland as a comical Chip. Philip Hadley as Maurice, Kat Adey as Albert, Jo Russell as Fairy Mary, and Laura Reeve as the Prince, completed the principal line-up, all with good effect.
A special mention to the enjoyable dance line-up, performers from a local dance school, all contributing to a good evening.