|Date||28th October 2021|
|Venue||The DuchessTheatre, Long Eaton|
|Type of Production||Pantomime|
|Musical Director||Adam Parrish|
|Choreographer||Amy Bradford, Josephine Walker, Anais Wosik,Rebecca Street|
Author: Keith Scott-Savage
Panto season is back and returns with a bang, with an excellent production by Kaleidoscope. Using a script packed with the corny one liners that audiences love, this was a traditional panto at its finest. Debbie Weetman`s direction brought out the very best of a talented cast.
Amy Bradford, as Jim Hawkins, led the way with a confident, thigh slapping display, acting well and with excellent vocals, she was well supported with a pleasing performance by Alice Goodall as Felicity Trelawney. Katie Walford, and Kerry-Ann Roe as the energetic Brass and Knuckles, worked hard at their roles and held the audience`s attention throughout with their antics.
Taking on the role of the Dame, Ma Hawkins, Paul Makinson was all he should be, both in costume and character. Also classic in his role was Trevor Shelton as Squire Trelawney.
The top drawer performance came from Rob Simpson as Long John Silver, a rollicking, side-splitting portrayal, maintaining his character throughout. Other good roles came from Rebekah Street as the `fruitcake` parrot, and Julie Black as the ` in demand` Fairy. A super cameo came from Sam Hempsall as the confused Beard Seller, with wonderful facial expressions, whilst the icing on the cake was the top notch Skeleton Dance.
The final praise goes to the young Pirate Crew, who gave a captivating contribution to the entertainment.
Accompanied by a competent musical duo, the show was well costumed, with a good looking set and this was a wonderful start to the panto season after such a turbulent 18 months. Welcome back to live theatre, we certainly need it.