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Jack and The Beanstalk

A good, novel pantomime written with the family in mind, it's full of fun and frivolity, jokes and silly nonsense, with a good smattering of visual comedy. The only problem I had is that while it would be absolutely excellent for audiences above the border, it would need many words and phrases changed just slightly so that the average English audience can understand what is being said even though it does say in the front of the script that it "...must be played as per the script, and without alterations..." I feel that for English audiences it would need to be altered slightly. Of course, with written permission from the publisher.

There are a good number of musical numbers with 'suggestions' written in, which can be very useful if one can't think of a song to suit any particular moment in the play, although one isn't bound to use the suggested songs. There is plenty of opportunity to put in references to local events and places which is always good in a pantomime script and lots of audience participation, also a very important part of the whole evening's entertainment.

The characters are fun and there are plenty of them. The main characters have been written in such a way that each one of them will engender good rapport and feeling with the audience. I am sure English actors will love the characters once they have come to terms with the dialogue and what means. Cuddle, 'the Coo' is a very good character for a pair of actors and as long as they learn the part thoroughly and are directed well, it will be the star of the show. The same goes for the Dame, 'Clootie Dumpling', a typical panto dame with equal measures of warmth, love, feistiness and fun. The Baddie, Baron Boggin Bogle is sufficiently bad to get the audience worked up into a frenzy of fear and fright and with the cacophony of boos and hisses I can almost hear already I am sure mayhem will ensue.

The two Bouncers, Permatan Pete and Frankie Fakebake are two good characters in the traditional mould of the two nasty twits, and nasty twits they are too. The two posh folk, Facia Hoarse and Farquhar Snot make a nice change to the very broad Scottish accents that are required for the other characters.

The characters fit together well and the pace is kept up throughout the script; there appears to be no weak spots, so with good direction and positive dedication by the cast, a very good pantomime could be brought to life. I am certain I would enjoy watching this panto.

John Hicks, AS Magazine


Molly Whuppie & The Double-faced Ogre

Light-hearted fairy-tale with a modern slant hugely enjoyable.
Scene, 2003


Santa's Christmas Carol

Wonderfully inventive nonsense follows as the two women are drawn closer in mutual understanding and sympathy. A light-hearted twist on the seasonal theme, pacy, funny and with two strongly written complimentary parts.


Robin Hood & His Merry Men

The show exceeded all expectations. I was lucky enough to be able to cast the Merry Men with three characters that gelled beautifully. Will became camper with each rehearsal and performance, Little John became, if possible, thicker and Friar Tuck more unpredictable. Their scenes together were priceless and elevated them to comic heights. 'Let Me Incarcerate You' became a show-stopper of a number with the rest of the on stage cast performing as the backing group. All of the songs came over well and I couldn't see a dud part in any of the principal roles. I think that the authors deserve a round of applause for their creation, one that has provided our little group with many accolades and full houses. The purpose of the venture is to get families in the village involved, providing all of the expertise (except for the MD and one of the cast) from the village and at the same time raise money for the Village Hall Restoration Fund. All these have been accomplished, and as a debut Director, a feeling of great pride in the efforts of all of the participants. Now it's a case of what to do for next year!
Paul Green, Coaley ADS, Dursley, Glos


Rain On Me

Having performed in the North East area one act play festival at the Georgian Theatre Royal with Rain on Me I wanted to let you know our production achieved the People's Award for the Best Festival Production. I must tell you this play was loved by our audience who were laughing so much they had tears in their eyes! The young performers loved working on such a moving yet funny script that was totally relevant to them. As director it was a joy to find a play for my teenage members that allowed them to work on comedy and at the same time feel the emotion that Kevin/Romeo and his friends would have experienced. Please pass on my congratulations to the writer who has created a work that our members will never forget.
Susan Hedges, Georgian Theatre Royal Youth, Richmond


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