The show begins (and ends) with a surprisingly well-choreographed and sung rewrite of You Can’t Stop the Beat. It is surprising because this is the back room of a pub with hardly any set, yet eight people burst on to this stage with nothing but entertainment on their mind.
Despite its iconoclastic bent, the show sticks faithfully to the traditional story. The production includes such panto classics as The 12 Days of Christmas, even though there is no massive scene and costume change going on backstage. Needless to say, it is hilarious.
Samantha Hastings has a terrific voice and performs a beautiful duet with the equally fabulous Alice Ferreira, based on I Know Him So Well. Substitute the word blow for know and you’ll see why it’s an adult pantomime. The diminutive Ferreira is clearly one to watch, doubling as the clerkish Spirit and the council-estate Genie. She is also given the crudest jokes, which she delivers with considerable aplomb.
Damian Escayg’s Widow Wanky often dominates the stage in a nicely Russell Brand way, Hilary Harwood provides welcome live music on ukulele and guitar and Harry McLeod is excellent as Wishee Washee, trying his uphill-struggle best to encourage his ‘gang’ to join in.