Tim Licata keeps it local, current and very much on traditional Scottish lines as he takes over the director’s chair at the Brunton for his pantomime debut. He has a great script by Philip Meeks to work with, giving him a plethora of the oldest jokes and strongest routines to work with.
Tom Freeman, Ross Allan, Gavin Paul, Stephen Docherty, Kim Shepherd, Isabella Jarrett and Scott Glynn in Puss in Boots at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh Photo: Bill Mackellar
The only real space for improvement lies in the pace. Stephen Docherty is overly laconic as Dame Doris Dimple, particularly in her opening monologue and, although the “behind you” routine works, it could still improve. That said Docherty skims the outrageous double entendres in with perfect timing - to leave the adults gasping while the kids are still thrilling to the proper sweetie shower.
Ross Allan is a great panto pal as Doris’ daft son Rory with his puppet cat Puss, while Gavin Paul is suitably aloof as handsome son Jamie, the love interest who falls in full sloppy love with Kim Shepherd’s brilliant, strong Princess Fiona. Shepherd makes the songs zing - particularly those with juicily transformed lyrics.
Isabella Jarrett has plenty to get her vileness around as Wicked Witch Wysteria, holding Musselburgh to ransom unless she can marry Tom Freeman’s feckless King McMuckletts. A production which punches well above its weight.