Writer: Grant F. Kidd
Director: Grant F. Kidd
Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald
The world’s oldest music hall brings a classic traditional story back after a successful return to pantomime in 2016.
Panoptica is in danger from an evil Giant and his assistant Demon Moonshade (Sally Starshine). Our hero, Tom, has returned to inherit his father’s estate before all is destroyed. Will Tom’s cat save the day? Will Princess Felicia (Beth McLeish) ever fall in love with a commoner like Tom?
Loosely following the classic tale, Puss in Boots is sharp, witty and ridiculous in equal measure. Confidently led by dame Queen Euphemia, the piece shoots through without dropping pace. Contrary to some of the city’s more self-indulgent pantomimes, running at one hour and 40 minutes, the show is enjoyable for all ages without being an endurance test.
It’s ironic that the audience just-about-abide bitterly cold temperatures in the auditorium when proceeds from the show go directly to the fund to install a heating system; a noble end which all attendees will confirm is necessary.
Despite limited resources and a small audience, the six-strong cast relish in the opportunity afforded to them. Whilst not all are destined for a glittering theatrical career, dame Euphemia clearly shows, on and off script, a comedic talent that is refreshing.
Whilst production values may leave much to be desired, which is as obvious to the cast as its audience, the muddle-on mentality does cover a multitude of sins and keeps the audience on side.
Although rather more an alternative to the traditional-style pantomime, employing more cabaret-style approach with a likeness to the Tron and Cottiers, the production does retain a number of familiar routines that all can take part in.
If the temperature can be tolerated, Puss in Boots is certainly worth a visit as an alternative to the traditional panto fayre of the season.
Runs until 23 December 2017 | Image: Contributed