and the Beanstalk
Written by Sarah Ann Nixon and Mark Chatterton
Directed by Mark Chatterton
December 2006 – 27th January 2007)
A fun filled two hours was had by all who attended the press night of
the latest rock 'n' roll panto at the Everyman.
A highly charged production saw most of the cast regularly switching from
acting to playing music; I particularly liked the acoustic guitar version
of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven.
The funniest character without question was panto dame Lottie Trotter
(Francis Tucker), who caused mild panic when - dressed as a Fairy Liquid
bottle - he sprayed the audience with water.
Some of his jokes (oft times risqué), and facial expressions were
hilarious. He picked on one unfortunate guy on the front row and took
the proverbial piss out of him throughout, but all in good humour. Their
embrace at the end was heartfelt.
A Noddy Holder look-alike, Wiff (Adam Keast) - so named probably because
he was always farting (much to the delight of the kids in the crowd) -
was also charismatic, notably with his overtures of love to the wife of
the Giant, Mrs G (Hayley-Jane Langwith). His jack the lad persona always
had a mischievous look in his eyes in his eyes.
No panto would be complete without a couple of lovely leggy ladies in
the cast (Jennie Kait and Katy Lipson), who finished off the performance
with a rendition of Abba's Waterloo.
Go on, have a laugh, take yourself and some kids along to the Everyman