Christmas is all about family traditions.
And what better tradition that a yearly visit to see Panto.
Oh no it isn't
Oh yes it is!
We have been excitedly waiting patiently for Lighthouse Poole Press evening for what feels like FOREVER (think it was 3 weeks!)! It was everything I'd hoped and MORE! This years Panto is Jack and The Beanstalk starring Debra Stephenson, Patrick O’Kane (The Borgias, Game of Thrones) as Fleshcreep and Neil Smye as The King, with experienced panto Dame Tom Bright as Dame Trott.
The mix of old style, traditional Panto infused with modern songs such as Jessie J's Price Tag and Rhianna's Diamonds really was for me a winning combination! I felt like a child! I loved Dame Trott so much she/he really reminded me of the 80's Christmas Comedy Specials I grew up with (Tom Bright – Dame Trott but also the writer/director has worked in the past with Russ Abbot and Mike Reid and that style of comedy is evident). The atmosphere was electric and the cast were having a ball. There were a few giggles, ad-libs and confused faces followed by delayed doorbells but this all added up to an udderly mooverlous show!
I haven't screamed so much in ages! KNICKERS!!! Megan got so into the show she shouted “underwear” at one point!
Lighthouse Poole, has really good sized aisle too so plenty of dancing from Megan and Olive. Our little ballerina Megan really enjoyed the fairy ballet dance – something to inspire to as she gets older. The choreography (by Sophia Marsh) suited every scene, it's always lovely to see the young adult dancers displaying their strengths as well as the younger children with the “ahhhh factor”.
Charlie sat entranced until vital shouting points to which he leaped up “He's behind you” “they are beans” “BOOOOOOO!!!” screaming as if his life depended on it!
Simple Simon (played by Dan Looney) was really funny a sort of cross between the love child of Mister Maker and a Raggy Doll. His sense of humour really appealed to the younger children which balanced perfectly with the old school Panto Dame.
These little water pistols soon became massive super soakers. In epic ninja style Olive jumped up onto my knee waving her arms like a mad thing – begging to be squirted with a giant water pistol! Made her day her hair got wet!!
I love a good double entrende and the cast didn’t disappoint. I also love a good old discussion and now 2 days later the moo's are still asking questions, laughing at things that happened and Megan is trying to master a Debra Stephenson style impression.
Panto is running until the 5th January so you have no excuse not to go! For Tickets & information 0844 406 8666 www.lighthousepoole.co.uk