Jack and The Beanstalk

Date 22nd January 2022
Society The Solihull Society of Arts - Drama Section
Venue Dovehouse Theatre, Solihull
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Chris Cooper
Choreographer Jayne Bryan
Producer Chris Cooper
Written By Chris Cooper


Author: Paul Douglass

A panto should have all the right ingredients, a good fairy, a baddie, the two broker’s men and a good dame, and, this SSA Drama panto had them all.  Written and directed by Chris Cooper, this fast moving and well written production had everything you wanted.  Chris also played Dame Dotty Trot, a role that suited his talents well.  He was well supported by Amy Williams as his brother Jack Trot who also worked well with Aleyna Wright - Taylor as the Princess Jill.  The comedy element in the family came from Alex Fraser as Silly Billy Trot, a part well played.  The Good Fairy, Patch, the Vegetable Fairy, who opened the show, was played by Emma Doran, great voice.  Emma was also Assistant Director for the production.  Fleshcreep, played by David Charter had the audience in the palm of his hand and had some great one liners.  How the audience booed him.  Great Support came from King Crumble (Gregory March), and Hustle and Bustle (James Newman and Zara Dowler) the brokers men and Laura King as Mrs. Moody.  The Giant Blunderbore costume was a sight to behold and it was good, in the final walk down, to see the voice of the giant, Pete Bayliss.  One section of the panto we really enjoyed was Prime Minster Jobsworth (Rupert Dowler) giving us ‘the next slide please’.  Very funny.

The chorus members of the company worked extremely well together with fine support by the Rochelle Dance Academy. 

The set looked good on the small stage, and every inch was used.  Costumes looked colourful, especially Daisy the Cow.

It was good to see the company back were they belonged after a two year break.  Congratulations to you all.