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Jack and the Beanstalk

“Plenty of energy”

In his ninth consecutive appearance in Motherwell panto, Iain ‘Sheepie’ Smith gives a real spark to Bev Berridge’s basic Jack and the Beanstalk script as Jack’s daffy wee brother, Billy.

There’s already plenty of physical energy from the four well-drilled and high kicking Lisa Jayn Dancers, but Smith adds something extra. He’s the kind of performer capable of lifting a good pantomime into the realms of greatness.

Smith’s strength is his audience rapport. They know all the catch phrases, and when the music track ‘breaks’ during the “behind you” routine, they happily fill in.

Having such a big character at the heart of the show reduces the impact of the other stock characters. James Barrie’s Dame Trott is least well served, although he works hard and has fun with Alex Robertson’s King McDafty. Grant Lawson’s Fleshcreep feels underplayed – he needs to create a bigger character to earn his boos.

Casting Abbie Purvis as the Fairy is a great touch and she uses her clear singing voice well, though her character needs more development. Craig Anthony-Ralston and Betty Valencia round of a conventional Jack-Princess romantic duo with strong – not sappy – versions of the necessary contemporary pop hits.

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Production Details
Production nameJack and the Beanstalk
VenueMotherwell Theatre
StartsNovember 17, 2017
EndsJanuary 7, 2018
Running time2hrs 15mins
AuthorBev Berridge
DirectorBev Berridge
ChoreographerLisa Jayn Gordon
Lighting designerPhil Marjoram
Sound designerFraser Joyce
CastAbbie Purvis, Alex Robertson, Betty Valencia, Craig Anthony-Ralston, Grant Lawson, Ian 'sheepie' Smith, James Barrie
Production managerEmma Atherton, Ross Oliver
ProducerCulturenl, Motherwell Theatre, Spillers Pantomimes
VerdictSolid seasonal fare elevated by an exceptional panto performance by Iain 'Sheepie' Smith
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