The fantastic directorial team of Kath Gill and Lou Jackson team up to bring yet another awesome Lane End Players pantomime
With a very large enthusiastic cast, Kath and Lou pulled together a brilliant pantomime including all the things you could possibly want from spectacular sets to amazing songs, hilarious slapstick and clever jokes. The Lane End Players always do pantomime well and this certainly was one of the best!
Dick Whittington - Catherine Everitt
Alderman Fitzwarren - Tony Corkett
Alice - Sophie Marshall
Sarah Suet - Lou Jackson
Idle Jack - Nigel Bacon
Captain Cockle - Paul Brown
Mr Mussel - Tom Everitt
Sam Seaweed - Tracy Perkins
Town Crier - Frank Brooks
Allah G - Dan Sugrue
Tuffazell - Sheila Keatinge
Werafez - Martin Ashford
El Macho - Tom Angell
Avocado - Jane Steynor
Tinkle Fairy of the Bells - Tish Marshall
King Rat - Dave Bowden
Tommy the Cat - Libby Beck
Rats - Jonathan Brown, Charlie Lawrence, Kirsten Obank, Jessica Page and Aya Fibert
"Dick is perfect for panto fun"
(Bucks Free Press review by Archie Wilson)
Dick Whittington seems to be becoming more and more popular as a pantomime and justifiably so if Lane End's production is anything to go by. The club went through a difficult and tragic time last year and I can only applaud them for coming back with a real bang.
This was a truly traditional pantomime, not overcooked in modern technology or drowned in pop music. It had all the elements beloved by generations of British kids (and their mums and dads) and we all loved every minute of it.
Catherine Everitt was a classy, long-legged. fishnet-tighted, thigh-slapping Dick who falls in love with the pretty demure Alice played by Sophie Marshall. Evil was capably portrayed by Dave Bowden as King Rat, emerging wickedly from his rathole side stage and terrorising cast and audience alike. The ever popular Nigel Bacon played Idle Jack (as sort of East End Buttons) with verve and gusto and the audience like a Stradivarius, exhorting us to shout at him every time he uttered a certain phrase. Naturally enough kids loved it. Tony Corkett bumbled along as an Alderman should while Tom Everitt as Mr Mussel and Tracy Perkins as Sam Seaweed provided w wonderfully comic duo.
Plaudits must go to Kath Gill who stepped in at the last minute as Tinkle - if nothing had been said it would not have been known she was a stand-in.
I have a soft spot for pantomime dames, however, and Lou Jackson was simply outstanding in the role of Sarah Suet. Improvisation is an essential part of being dame and Lou had it in spades along with an extrovert personality and an ability to laugh at oneself.
The whole thing was wonderful...roll on next year!
Kath Gill and Lou Jackson
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