Happyvale has a problem, up in the clouds is a giant that is causing havoc. Through his henchman Fleshcreep (Guy Mott) he is able to terrorise the people below. The people need a hero and Jack Trott (Harry Downes) is the person for the job, especially after King Crumble (David Burton) offered the opportunity to marry his daughter Princess Jill (Molly Scott).
The show’s action frequently centres around Jack’s brother Simple Simon as Steve Walls enjoys his tenth year at the Playhouse. His stage mother, Dame Patsy Trott, is building a successful panto partnership as the characters work well on stage together. The third source of humour on stage comes in the shape of the return of Damien Patton as Fleshcreep’s sidekick Oddball. Comic timing from these three actors, and a healthy helping of jokes at regular intervals, means that the audience have plenty to laugh at.
This panto crams many of the panto staples into its 2 hour, plus interval, running time. A crazy messy scene, songs featuring lively performances from the professional dancers and “panto babes”, a bad guy to boo at, community singing and even a Spice Girls mega-mix to get you on your feet at the end. Of course the panto features a take-off scene, with that bench, which has the kids screaming at the tops of their voices “it’s behind you!”
Photos by Steve Brock.