Friday, 14 December 2018

Squeals, laughs and songs

REVIEW: JACK and the Beanstalk was yet another memorable pantomime from Wargrave Theatre Workshop.

REVIEW: JACK and the Beanstalk was yet another memorable pantomime from Wargrave Theatre Workshop.

A pantomime is only as good as the team which make it happen and in the hands of the experienced director Emmajane Hughes, the audience enjoyed another outstanding production.

They squealed in delight to the hip grinding and pelvic thrusting of Rancid the Ratman as he mimed to Elvis Presley’s Devil in Disguise.

Balletically played by Clive Dow, Rancid was a memorable pantomime villain, ably supported in his wicked ways by Joy Haynes as a frighteningly evil old Witch.

Reiss Simpson provided memorable moments of pure delight an indication that this actor has a special talent and we can only hope that he is seen and heard on a bigger stage.

The doddering, dithering King Hubert and his long-suffering Queen Hyacinth, delightfully played by Jon Foster and Susie Marchant, could easily be a stand-in for any royal family.

Humphrey, their equerry, played by Graham Wheal, epitomized the well-meaning, but inept face of Royalty. The slick, wide boys: Snatchet; George Prove and Scarper; Michael Simpson, moved as one and had the perfect timing to realise they had been had, a fraction of a second after the audience.

Guy Heiser’s Dame Dotty Dimple walked the narrow line between camp and sexy and was a roly-poly bundle of controlled manic energy.

The feisty pairing of principals was Rosie Brady as Jack who delivers the Giant’s comeuppance and, as ever, deservedly wins the pretty hand of Princess Primrose, Kelly Doward. They sang well together and with an excellent chorus who enthusiastically danced and smiled as one.

Seven sell-out performances between January 21 and 25 continued the high standard of this talented group.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Wargrave Theatre Workshop

Joe Haynes

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