Paris provides a happy hunting ground for Alan McHugh’s script in Sleeping Beauty at the Adam Smith Kirkcaldy. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Phantom and Moulin Rouge all get their references.
It’s at Montmartre that Billy Mack’s magnificently throaty and ribald dame Lou Lou Toilette hangs out with her son Hugo (James Rottger) and the suitably angel-voiced Lauren Grant as Beauty, the baby she found on the cathedral steps just 18 years ago.
Mack is in fine form, pumping up the can-can, floating out the innuendo and falling lasciviously for Graham Crammond’s King of Harmonia, who has come looking for his long lost daughter. The pair provides all the love interest you could ever need.
First to find Beauty, however, is Matthew Ellis’ smooth-tongued numpty toff, Count Victor of Harmonia. Not that he has much competition in Rottger, who doesn’t have the presence for a good panto pal. Also lacking is the hard working, beautiful-voiced Nikki Auld. She simply doesn’t have the harsh-voiced villainy for baddy, Countess Donna la Trix.
McHugh’s script has plenty of local name checks and a real sense of right and wrong. Where it lacks is in contemporary focus, with nothing that wouldn’t have worked last year, except in the song-choices.