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Sleeping Beauty


26th January 2018


Brighouse Theatre Productions


Brighouse Civic Hall

Type of Production



Shane Gough/Co Director Phiippa Gibson-Wriggles

Musical Director

Daniel Bath


Philippa Gibson-Wriggles


Author: Jacqui Hartley

There was the usual traditional start with the beautiful Lilac Fairy, (Victoria Taylor) and the Wicked Witch Hazel, (Sarah Jane Poyner) setting the scene, then the curtain went back and we were transported into the colouful village of Muddleby on Marsh, with three teams of singers and dancers belting out their numbers.   Once again the energy and enthusiasm of these youngsters was amazing.

The critiera for a good pantomime is lots of fun, lots of audience participation, colourful costumes, good scenery, lighting, and of course a good accompniment.  The Society had this in abundance.

Just one little niggle, in the Royal Christening scene everyone stood in a semi-circle delivering their lines and nobody  moved at all, a little bit more direction was definitely needed.

The pantomime did burst into life in the second Act, there was strong singing from Princess Rose, (Emma Newsome) and I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of of Prince Alexander, (Tom Lambert) incorporating lots of comedy into his character.

We had more comedy from Dame Nurse Dottie Dettol, Muddles, and Fetch and Carrie, with good backing from all other principal characters.

The UV scene was done very well with the prince fighting his way through the forest and all the moving branches.  Another delightful scene was In Your Dreams with excellent singing from the Lilac Fairy and all the little Rainbow Fairies.

This pantomime was very well received playing to a capicity audience who really showed their appreciation at the end.  Well done.