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Posted on 16/12/2022 in Category 1

A Wonderfully Wicked Panto - Jack and the Beanstalk

A Wonderfully Wicked Panto - Jack and the Beanstalk

Last night I was privileged to see this year's Pantomime - Jack And The Beanstalk - at Barnstaple's Queen's Theatre. I've seen quite a few pantos in my time but this was one of the best I've seen in many years.

The whole show, from the music, sound, lights and pyrotechnics through to the outstanding cast of actors and well-choreographed, talented dancers was superbly produced. I must make special mention for the scenery and effects which made a great impact to the overall performance.

 I believe that the best way to judge a Pantomime is to listen to and watch the younger and older members of the audience together. Last night everyone (and as far as I could tell, the theatre was full) was enjoying themselves immensely,  joining in joyfully with the traditional shouts of "He's Behind You" and "Oh No He Isn't" and also booing, hissing and cheering enthusiastically as and when expected.

The entire cast were individually and collectively excellent. "Evils O'Greedy" was wonderfully wicked and played to perfection by Jason Gardiner, winding the audience up as only a truly dedicated panto "bad guy" can. He also proved to be a talented dancer and singer!

I thought that "Fairy Aubergine" (Lauren Hendricks) who narrated the story from within her role and got the younger children really engaged in the show was a brilliant foil to Evils O'Greedy. The panto dame "Dame Trott" was hilariously performed by James Burden throughout. "Jack Trott" (Shane Rice) and "Jill Wicks" (Sydnie Hocknell) provided the underlying 'love story' with humour and sincerity, but of course "Daisy the Cow" stole the hearts of the young and old alike.

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and can heartily recommend it for all of the family, (although the sudden dramatic sounds and booming voice of the Giant might make the under 5's jump so I would suggest pre-warning and reassuring them before the show starts to prevent them becoming upset).

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