Mother Goose

Date 1st December 2017
Society Airdrie Arts Guild Drama Group
Venue Airdrie Town Hall
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Craig Carter Smith
Musical Director Ian G Monteith Mathie
Choreographer Julieann Crannie

Report

Author: David Black

Celebrating 50 years of the Drama Group, this production had plenty of energy with good music and humour throughout.  Principals were well supported by the adult and junior company in telling the tale of Mother Goose who with the local villagers were living in constant threat of the Squire but thankfully his nephew Colin was on their side.  The title role of Mother Goose was ably played by Michael Boyle and was joined by Maureen O’Neill as daughter Jill and Peter Paterson her ‘silly’ son Billy, the Village idiot.  Jim Connell commanded the stage as the Squire and Laura Shepherd provided the perfect link as his nephew Colin to help ensure everything works out in the end.  Grant Johnston and Ali Donald provided great amusement as the comedy duo Bogtrotter and Bumpkin the bailiffs, and Bill McCloy with Lorraine Keenan were a great match as the regal King and Queen of Goose land.  Winter Reid sparkled as Fairy Friendship and Liam McKinstray provided a great performance as the sinister Demon Discontent with Nicole Cowan cast as Priscilla the Goose.  Eddie Gouther’s subtle impromptu input added to the fun, laughter and the spirit of a traditional Scottish pantomime.  The selection of songs set feet tapping, and the striking costumes added to the colour of what was a most enjoyable seasonal show and one which I am sure the company and the production team will be pleased with.