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“BEAUTY’S BEAST UNLEASHED”
Another very enjoyable adult pantomime, with good performances, and some quirky scenes. I loved the opening, the ‘Hello’ song was excellently conceived, and performed.
I felt however, that perhaps Adult panto has become such a big deal, that as the years go on some of the rawness, vulgarity and fun has gone out of it, and now the Directors and cast are trying too hard to make it an authentic piece of theatre. There will probably be many people who will disagree with me, but I felt that there were loads of opportunities for rudeness and audience participation that were lost or not taken hold of and run with.
The sets which were also used for the family panto were very good, and the scene changes slick, so we moved well between the different scenes. Lighting was suitable and enhanced the action. However, I was waiting for the UV wolves to appear, or indeed other woodland creatures!!
Sound was good throughout, nicely achieved, with the exception of one mic, which had a very decided crackle!
There is no getting away from the fact that it was nicely adapted/written, and I
enjoyed the quirkiness of it, along with good choreography and well-
I thought Peri Lynn gave us a great Simone, very upfront and funny, plenty of naughty references, an excellent portrayal.
Madame’s cohorts were played by Debbie Cavanagh, Jo Herd and Roz White, all with their own personalities and characterisations, which came over well. Jo also choreographed, and I liked what she did and how she moved the cast, keeping within the bounds of what they could do, but making it slightly different and edgy.
David Hillman was a lovely bumbling Professor, I think perhaps his long-
Ben Jaggers was an excellent Mrs. Pothead, he interacted well with the audience, and looked great. His little dittys were very funny too. His costume with red thong for the dance number was extremely rude but extremely funny, he carried it off well.
Alex Wheeler and Nico Bamford as Cogs and Lumos were a great double act, and with Mrs Pothead formed a very good household servant trio. I loved What Do I Do Now, they all performed so well together, and were such diverse characters. I also loved their positions for the ‘freeze’, so funny!
Alex was a very proper Cogs, good costume, and very precise, I always enjoy Alex’s performances.
Nico was a great Lumos, he gives so much energy to his performances, throwing himself around with abandon – excellent.
Dan Goodge played the Beast, he and Belle had a good relationship, with Dan showing
his bad and good sides well. I would have liked to have seen his face slightly more
Michelle Stanton and Tamnna Jethwa were very active and vocal servants and villagers, adding much to the action.
The costumes were good, even the slightly crude ones – but they were all suitable
for the characters, and very colourful. Well done to certain members of the cast
(particularly Nico Bamford) for carrying them off so well, and I thought Jo Herd
looked very striking in her outfit. Jenna Ryder-
A very enjoyable evening, and whilst I found it engrossing and very well directed and performed, just a little more slack on the fun/vulgar side would have made it for me!
GRIFFIN PLAYERS -
review date:26th Jan 2018
Luton Library Theatre
Director: Katy Elliott (asst: Josh Thompson)
MD: Cheryl Desborough Choreographer: Jo Herd
Choreographer: Chloe Badham
Asst: Kerry Collins