Santa’s Missing Trousers review at Torch Milford Haven
Here is a thoroughly entertaining musical that introduces some sparkling, new Christmas characters and the mayhem they bring to Santa’s ordered world at the North Pole.
It is Christmas Eve and, stranded at the North Pole with his penguin companion Gwyn, eccentric inventor Isambard Chilblain Brunel (Keith Woodason) is determined to get home by using Santa’s magic trousers to propel his flying machine.
He gives no thought to the disruption caused to Santa’s toy deliveries but doesn’t bargain for the vitality of Mrs Claus (Alex Alderton) and her two elves Sniff (John Samuel Worsey) and effervescent Scratch (Catherine Morris) in their efforts to recover the trousers.
The musical score of eight wonderful songs by director James Williams carries along a storyline that is packed with illusions and humour aimed at the young audience. I am sure that Sean Crowley’s stunning set design will leave no doubt in their minds as to the real location of Santa’s workshop. It has wisecracking glow-worms, a worldly-wise Rudolf and an ingenious flying machine that is convincing enough to work.
Liam Tobin is busy, amid an exuberant cast, first as Boo, a resident polar bear and later as both Liverpool’s ex-Emile Heskeymo and Santa Claus.
Continuously good fun.
Torch, Milford Haven , November 30-December 24
- Peter Doran with original songs and music by James Williams
- James Williams
- Torch Theatre Company
- Keith Woodason, Liam Tobin, Adam Porter-Smith, Alex Alderton, Catherine Morris, John Samuel Worsey
- Running Time
- 1hr 50mins
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