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Panto Review

Post by Natalie on Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:47 am

Hi Everyone
I am posting a review of Cannon and Ball's panto 'Jack and the Beanstalk' taken from The Stage.
It gives them a great review and a lot of praise, let me know what you think.

Natalie x

Having a duo boasting 44 years together in showbusiness fronting any show,
let alone a pantomime, can only help pull in the punters when other productions
must have struggled getting full houses over the credit crunch Christmas. To a
fair few in the audience, the names Cannon and Ball - playing the Giant’s
henchmen - would have maybe meant little before taking their seats, but come the
end, the old (one lady celebrating her 83rd birthday included), middle-aged and
young would all have surely come away won over by their infectious enthusiasm,
polished audience interaction skills and sublime silliness.

While they easily steal the show, around them there’s other fine performances
from, for example, Barry Hester, excellent throughout as Dame Trot.
If there’s a criticism, an animated Mr Bean character seems superfluous, most
kids being a bit nonplussed by the non-talking figure. Giant Blunderbore (Adam
Salter) is a fantastic, huge creation which blunders around on stage, before
being pelted by foam cubes supplied to a gleeful audience.
The solid performances from the energetic Ricky K (Jack) and bubbly Karen
Jeffs (Fairy Courgette) are also integral to this show’s success, as are fun,
well-executed song and dance numbers.
It’s Cannon and Ball you remember, though, as you come away from the Alban
Arena - more than four decades together in the business and still, in my book,
quite brilliant on stage.

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Post by Andrea on Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:16 pm

Thanks for doing this Nat, it's great that you take the time to write these out for people who can't be there x

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