Full houses for a riotous evening of entertainment, colour and fun

Review by Roger Baker

Four full house performances of the Entertainment Group's production of many peoples' favourite pantomime, Cinderella were treated to a hilarious romp by a very talented cast both young and old. 

All the technology equipment acquired by the Group in recent years  was put to full use by the expertise of Chris Higgins and his team . Also Zillah Horner and her team painted the scenery wonderfully well to provide a very colourful backcloth for all the scenes. This resulted in the eleven scene changes being carried out seamlessly by the backroom staff which one can well imagine gave rise to some stressful moments however they should all be congratulated in achieving a very professional Panto full of slapstick and raucous humour which delighted

The show got off to a great start with a wonderfully played Fairy Godmother after which the curtains were opened to reveal the opening set and the Junior and Senior Chorus led by Tony Wade. Very well done all of you especially the young ladies. It's very stressful to open a show and I thought you did it very well. Well done all of you. The traditional story was interspersed with sketches involving a powerful.stallion named Yorkshire Pudding played hilariously by Gerald Shervington dressed in a remarkable life-like costume. The sketches were hilarious and integrated superbly with the main story line.  

The principal character Cinderella's performance was totally assured and acted the downtrodden sister in the beginning who emerged as the beautiful lady to marry Prince Charming magnificently. The carriage which took her to the ball was also absolutely superb, very well done all you craftsmen. Prince Charming performed a lovely partnership with Dandini. Both acted their parts brilliantly, using the traditional thigh slapping to good effect. Dandini's solo song was particularly enjoyable.

Principal characters of the Two Ugly Sisters very often played by men were taken by two ladies Tina Harper and Maureen Kinnear with resounding success. Their costumes were wonderfully outrageous, interaction between each other superb and the sketch of boob enhancers and leg waxing hilarious. Very well done ladies.

Every successful production of Cinderella needs a full-on Buttons and Angie Archbold certainly fulfilled that role, full of energy to knit the panto story together and her ability to whip up the audience into participating was brilliant. Equally the Blues Brothers look alikes Snitch and Snatch providing security throughout the scenes were equally outstanding.Although small in stature they were huge in their portrayal of their characters.

The wicked mother and feeble father of the sisters played by Marilyn Broad and David Banks portrayed their roles delightfully particularly Lady Devilla giving the audience plenty to boo and hiss at and her songs outstanding. Completing the cast Sheila Parsons, coming out of retirement (Oh yes she did) gave a cameo performance as Major Domo

At the finale, once again the costumes designed and made by Elizabeth Wilkinson and her team were stunning, the scenery was amazing and the story of happy ever after gave the audience a real feel good factor. 

Many thanks BMEG. You clearly worked very hard, we are very grateful to you all. for an evening of fun to remember.


All photos by Chris Higgins