Jack and the Beanstalk

Date 20th February 2022
Society Saxilby Drama Circle
Venue Saxilby Village Hall
Pantomime Pantomime
Director Richard Kort
Choreographer Chloe Thurston, Richard Kort, Janet Pick


Author: Stuart Bull

Jack and the Beanstalk is always a favorite pantomime, and this production did not disappoint. Storm Franklin may have been whipping up the waters of the Fossdyke outside, but inside the airy and welcoming Saxilby Village Hall, the audience were settling down to an afternoon of traditional pantomime. Well-written and with humour aimed at adults and children, the large family audience were soon laughing, responding and greatly enjoying themselves. The set was bright and colourful and constructed well to accommodate all of the action, the sound, lighting  and special effects well-managed, and the show passed without a glitch – so well-done to the stage management and props department.

Costumes in pantoland are so important, and all characters were dressed well and appropriately. Mention must be made of course of the Dame’s dresses, which were suitably bright, comedic and simply outrageous.

Under the director’s sure touch, the cast settled into character well, backed by a small but busy Chorus who doubled as villagers, evil spirits, ghosts and Jack’s long-suffering cow.  With a traditional slap-my-thigh Panto Lad, appearing early (Chloe Thurston as Jack), the audience knew they were going to receive traditional fare. All of the principals were well-cast, and Adrian Pick as Giant Blunderbore (played on stilts) was just frightening enough to have the children cuddling up to their parents when he finally appeared on stage. Mark Stoneham (Simple Simon) very quickly had the audience on his side and Tilly Trott’s antics and double-entendres were delivered by Ian Atkinson who is obviously an experienced  Dame.

The highlight of the show was surely the song which our heroes sang as they were preparing to climb the Beanstalk to rescue Jack and Jill, each describing the role they adopted to keep in shape. I had tears rolling down my cheeks!

So a great way to spend a wintry Sunday afternoon. The hall was full, and Richard Kort told me they had a waiting list for returned tickets, which goes to show the reputation of this company.



Stuart Bull

NODA Representative, District EM05