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As a first for author and director Iain Grant, this pantomime had much to commend it, both in style and content. A Snow White story from a different angle.
The set was good, and I applaud the use of previous sets in different configurations, with the addition of new pieces to update the look.
Lighting, which was designed and run by Paul Horsler was excellent, and sound was also very good, with the cut in of sound effects spot on.
The opening was rousing and got the audience involved from the start.
Overall the pace was a little slow, it needed more energy to lift it, some parts were good, but it just lacked a little buzz.
Costumes were good, colourful and suitable, I particularly liked the Dame’s dresses, and the Queen’s costume was very in keeping with the character.
The use of adults as the dwarves was an interesting take on the story, and quite amusing.
Claire Moore played Snow White, and I liked her take on what is usually a very sweet character, slightly more feisty than normal. Claire also showed a lovely voice in her musical numbers.
It’s such a shame that TADS are not able to introduce some sort of live music to their pantomimes, as although I enjoyed the music chosen for this production, I felt some of it was a bit too highbrow for a pantomime.
The movement from the cast was mostly well considered, and in keeping with their
capabilities, the set allowed for free movement and was well-
Mollie Bray gave Prince Ferdinand a principal boy touch without too much thigh slapping!
Hyacinth Humperdinck was nicely played by Jack Glendenning, with lots of fun and innuendo. Rory White, a stalwart of TADS panto, played Albert, Hyacinth’s son, with his normal boyish vigour, and lots of knowing looks – well done.
I liked Jessica Lacey as Queen Imperia – she showed a really good understanding of the part, I liked her song, which she performed well.
I thought Rachael Horsler played the Mirror with great gusto – and liked the way the script made her into a more normal person, and not just a spirit with a voice.
Axel the Hunter was nicely played by Emily Venn, with Iain Grant popping up from time to time in various guises!
Chloe White brought her experience to bear as the Storyteller – I really enjoyed the way she manipulated the Director and other cast members. Chloe also projected really well.
I enjoyed the sing-
The finale was lively, and left us feeling bright and cheerful, which is what I think a panto should do.
TADS Theatre Group
review date 10th Dec 2016
Written & Directed by: Iain Grant