|Date||15th December 2013|
|Society||Idle & Thackley Theatre Group|
|Venue||The Little Theatre, Idle, Bradford|
|Type of Production||Pantomime|
Author: Judith Smith
~~This was I&Ts 25th Annual Pantomime, a very well written script (Nick Moore), with plenty of easily understood gags, all in good clean fun,that had the large number of children and adults in the audience laughing and responding from the very start. Anne Bateson was a delightful ‘glamorous granny’ style of Fairy Godmother and Jonathan Knight as Buttons was everyone’s instant friend. Sara Devitt (Dandini) and Rebecca Drake (Prince Charming) were a very handsome couple of young gentlemen easily desirable for Cinderella, very simply and easily played by Emma Burton, who was absolutely enchanting with the IT Kids who danced and reacted beautifully. The coach to take her to the Ball was a sight to behold. But the two Ugly Sisters, Liam Hunter and Ben Whitney, really stole the show with their many beautiful (for them!!) costumes, including strappy heeled shoes, wigs and all the accessories to delight the audience. They portrayed the ‘ladies’ delightfully with just enough ‘bravado’ but without going ‘over the top’ and turning them into too loud caricatures. Ian Knight as Baron Hardup and Sammy Graveson as the Palace Servant completed the cast.
The final song, where audience participation was really essential, was a marvellous new parody of The Twelve Days of Christmas involving a rather bedraggled Christmas Tree from one of the well-known Supermarkets, and was delivered so well that most of the audience were too busy laughing to join in. It really was very encouraging to see so many children there, with their Mums and Dads, who so obviously knew the story and, at times, were almost ahead of this super cast. Well done I&T