Old Mother Hubbard

Date 1st December 2023
Society Riverside Players
Venue Old Windsor Memorial Hall
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Simon Arnold
Musical Director Vicki Arnold
Choreographer Vicki Arnold
Written By Simon Arnold

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Author: Nick Humby

Riverside Players are very fortunate to have a creative leadership that is brave enough to write their own script for the society and their latest production of Old Mother Hubbard delivers a fresh take that cleverly weaves familiar children’s nursery rhymes with some classic traditional pantomime business into a very polished production. All our favourite nursery characters are there from Little Bo Peep, Little Miss Muffet, Jack Horner, Jack and Jill to Little Boy Blue with the Dame, Old Mother Hubbard looking after many.

The society is fortunate to have a very good group of young performers who executed their roles with great confidence, good comic timing and lovely voices. The more experienced performers delivered updated versions of classic pantomime routines including the baking scene, the schoolroom sketch, If I were not upon the stage , Mr Who Mr What and Mr Idontknow and  the ghosts bench scene to  very good effect.

The whole production was well staged with good tumbler cloths and sets, attractive lighting, an excellent sound mix of prerecorded tracks and live vocals and some attractive costumes with some simple but well drilled choreography. This was a fun show full of saucy innuendo and very old jokes that made the audience groan in recognition but none the less enjoyable to hear again. A perfect first pantomime outing for any young child and their parents.