Theatr Clwyd maintains its consistently high panto standards with this year’s rock’n’roll show, Dick Whittington.
Christian Patterson’s script manages to remain incredibly faithful to the traditional story while transposing the action to Wales. The hero has his sights set on becoming Mayor of Flintshire and the cast are predominantly Welsh. When Phylip Harries’ Sarah the Cook mothers Peter Mooney’s decidedly Irish Dick it provides the perfect opportunity for an early Brexit joke.
For the most part, however, Zoe Waterman’s production reins in the topical humour and daft gags, allowing the storytelling to take centre-stage. Tayo Akinbode’s score is stuffed full of musical numbers that punctuate the show like the colour illustrations in a storybook.
Mooney’s Dick and Francesca Goodridge’s Alice ooze youthful charm, while Harries’ Sarah and Daniel Lloyd’s Wally Fitzwarren have some cracking dialogue; Toby Falla makes for an acrobatic Tommy the Cat and Royce Cronin is a sneering King Rat.
The sets and costumes have a 1950s nostalgic feel to them, and despite the rock’n’roll format the piece is steeped in tradition. There may be no Welsh gold paving the streets of Mold, but there’s plenty to be mined from this heart-warming, family-oriented show.