The Swan Theatre’s Christmas shows are blissfully free of crassness and commercialism. This year’s Snow White is no exception. It’s pervaded by a sense of wholesome exuberance.
The excellent cast clearly relish Ben Humphrey’s sensitive take on the story and inhabit their roles with high-voltage conviction. This is community theatre at its most vibrant.
The Academy of Theatre Arts Dance Team provide some crackling choreography, driven by Rick Godsall’s energising score. The lyrical delicacy is finely balanced by hissable villainy and masterly panto-damery.
The acting throughout is top notch. Humphrey is a first rate dame as Ginny-and-Tonic, while John-Robert Partridge’s Queen Grizelda is wonderfully malevolent. Geneviève Lowe is a tender Snow White; she’s deftly complemented by Oliver Brooks’ frenetic Muddles and Tom Riddell’s dashing Prince Harry.
The rightly celebrated Swan Theatre’s UV puppet sequence crowns an enchanting evening, perfectly pitched for a young audience.