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Mother Goose review at Stag Sevenoaks

It’s good to see one of the lesser performed pantomimes and this is a slick and colourful show from Magic Beans Productions.

Robert Pearce leads the cast as Mother Goose as a natural and very entertaining dame.

Stag regular Payne is back in the comedy role. He clearly enjoys performing and his corpsing giggles are infectious.

Colin Goose is played by soul singer Nate James, giving the show an upbeat sound. He seems wary of the pantomime conventions, but does well as lovesick Colin. As his love interest, Anna Kumble is Jill Skinflint, with a belting voice. Her father is played by Terrence Hardiman, who appears in various guises.

Scenes with Payne and the principal dancers are a good addition, giving them the opportunity show off their acting skills too.

The dancers are strong and perform with real attitude and personality. Choreographer Kerry Turner gives the show a modern and funky style, though some of the moves are not quite appropriate for a family panto.

Leslie Grantham is understated as the Demon King, but works as the growling baddie.

Laura Jane Matthewson is a name to watch after winning the role of Fairy Pureheart in an X-Factor style search. She has a beautiful voice and performs the role with a delightful charm and confidence.

Production Information

Stag, Sevenoaks, December 9-January 1

Jamie Alexander Wilson
Magic Beans Productions
Cast includes
Robert Pearce, Leslie Grantham, Anna Kumble, Nate James, Laura Jane Matthewson
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