Bottisham Players, January 22nd-24th, 2004
Brian Watson (Director) writes in the programme "I was in this pantomime as one of the pirates about 18 years ago, so it a particular pleasure for me to see the show performed properly this time". I didn't see his first show, but this was a credit to his direction. Deanne Haynes ably played the Dame (Bertha the Cook) in a motherly manner in contrast to the outrageous performances by the male variety. Jennie Fatibene, small in stature but very capable and confident in performance made an ideal principal boy (Dick) and was well matched by Becky Conway (Alice). The key role of the cat was well played by Hollie Coles, to whom fell the task of clearing the Kingdom of Rats and at times the stage was full of them! The two knockabouts, Swash and Buckle, were favourites with the audience and worked well with Bertha as did Harry (Alistair White) whose kitchen scene with the Cook was a delight. The undersea scene and Barbary Coast scenes were well done and in general the costumes, sets, lighting and sound well designed and controlled. Orchestral backing was with a quartet under MD Derek Scurll. The chorus, reinforced with quite a few youngsters, sang well. Relax, Brian, you made it!