Writer: Michael Chapman
Director: Michael Jenkins
Reviewer: Victoria Field
Every year the Stiwt Theatre panto seems to be more magical than the year before – and 2017’s offering of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is no exception.
LHK Productions’ take on Snow White stays true to the Disney plotline we all know and love but with a
fresh and modern twist on the old favourite, thanks to lots of slapstick comedy throughout. From a hilarious slow motion, fight scene – the best scene of the show which was accompanied by the Rocky theme tune.
Snow White’s best friend Muddles is the star of this scene as he takes on the evil Queen, leading to her deserved demise. Muddles, played by the immensely talented Kyle Corrin despite only being 17(!), he’s a proper, little powerhouse, his energy and talent shines through the entirety of the show.
Another stand out in the show is Dame Debbie, otherwise known as ‘Double D’, played by the hilarious James Humphreys. When a character is introduced through the medium of Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, you know they’re going to be a hoot and Humphreys is a hoot from start to finish.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tells the tale of a beautiful princess and her jealous stepmother the Queen, played by the excellent Cerys Fernandez, obsessed with vanquishing the sweet and innocent Snow White and becoming the fairest of them all. Fernandez plays the evil Queen well, giving the audience plenty to boo and hiss about. After fleeing the kingdom to escape the Queen’s evil plans, Snow White seeks refuge with seven dwarfs she finds living in the forest. Taking pity on the girl, the dwarfs allow her to stay with them.
Of course in true panto style – with a little help from the Fairy Godfather played by Big Brother’s Mark Byron – the good overcomes evil and Snow White marries the dashing Prince Valiant of Valdavia, played by former EastEnders actor Tony Discipline. Discipline plays a good, laddish Prince, unfortunately, his singing abilities don’t match his acting, as he stumbles through the romantic duet with a great deal of enthusiasm and assistance from the leading lady.
Every year the Stiwt’s annual festive pantomime has grown and grown, with this year’s show being the best it’s ever been, which is largely down to the superb directorship of Michael Jenkins, who also stars the devilishly and dastardly villain Herman the Henchman. He plays a convincing but also slimey baddie, snarling throughout but sucking up to the likes of the Queen and Prince Charming.
Panto newbie Megan Ashley, who stars as the title character Snow White, is a delight throughout and can certainly hit a note or two!
The scenes are slick and fast-paced, and as mentioned earlier, the superb slow motion, fight scene, is a ball, utilising all of the cast member’s comic abilities and keeping audience members on their toes. Evil Queen and poison apple aside, this is a lively production that all the family will enjoy – oh yes they will!
Runs until 31st December 2017 | Image: Contributed