Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Panto season goes out on a high

DAZZLING costumes, artistic and well thought out sets, and a truly unique perspective on a host of familiar

DAZZLING costumes, artistic and well thought out sets, and a truly unique perspective on a host of familiar characters.

In the familiar surroundings of Shiplake Memorial Hall, the Shiplake and Dunsden Dramatic Organisation — aka SHADDO — treated us to a healthy serving of pure pantomime gold.

Director Pip Collins delivered a memorable take on the Cinderella story, injecting fresh enthusiasm and vigour into the tale with which we are all familiar.

From the various rooms in the dilapidated and declining house of the Baron Boracic-Lint, to the grandeur and majesty of the palace, we were transported into the starkly different worlds of Cinderella and the ever charismatic Prince Charming. Vivid colours, scenes, and attention to detail enabled the audience to be transported effortlessly into these spaces, with the backdrop to the palace ball representing the pinnacle of artistry that the creative and design team worked so hard to create.

The set transformations and overall orchestration of the space, diligently and skillfully managed by Henry Loud and his team, ensured a smooth running and breathless pace.

But no pantomime could survive on such visual sustenance alone. The characters and the script provided a huge amount of entertainment, laughter and humorous interaction for the audience.

A special mention to the junior members who delivered a number of expertly choreographed and entertaining dance routines which never failed to have people moving in their seats.

A first for Shiplake was the appearance of superstar actor and blueprint for handsomeness, George Clooney, albeit in cardboard mask form. Maybe next time, George?

What more could one want from an evening’s entertainment than a good old-fashioned yarn littered with excitement, humour and the odd mishap along the way? All in all,

was thigh-slappingly good fun.

Review: Josh Fisher

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