Aladdin is far more enjoyable than last year’s sub-standard production and this is so much due to Phil Gallagher who is a sheer delight as Wishee Washee. He makes an impact from his very first entrance and his energetic, infectious and zany performance is enjoyed by all age groups.
The cast of eight work extremely hard and their efforts are very noticeable in a fast-moving production which creates so much audience participation. The local references are well appreciated and the cast make the most of the comedy. Numerous young local actors and dancers also help to make this a very pleasing show.
Jack Corcoran camps up his effective portrayal of Abanazer, Clive Flint has his moments as Widow Twankey and certainly makes the most of the panda jokes, following his initial arrival on stage. Zahra Browne is a most appealing Princess Jasmin and Matthew Phillips doubles very effectively as Hoo Flung Dung and the Genie. Andrea Sadler is a lively Aladdin and Saira Belle a very effective Slave of the Ring. There are no infectious pop songs but the music does fit nicely into the story and makes an instant impact.
I was a little disappointed with some of the vocal performances but overall this is a very satisfying production. It’s also clever how the script references overcome the lack of an emperor.