BADCo were delighted with this year’s panto Aladdin, which was attended by the greatest numbers for 20 years writes Hazel Marshall.
The script by TLC Creative, provided the opportunity for the cast to show off their talents whilst also really involving the audience. The company were very grateful for the full houses on each of their three nights and they also had an excellent turnout for the Saturday matinee and would like to thank the public for their support.
There were many highlights throughout the show and many will remember Widow Twankey, played by Iain Bovaird, encouraging the audience to “let me do your laundry”, meanwhile the nasty Abanazar, played by Graham Ling, gave an imperious performance as a “bad guy” except for the one moment when he melted as his son shouted from the audience “that’s my daddy!”
Highlight of the show was Wishee Washee, played by the very talented Lizzie Thompson, getting washed in a washing machine and then fed through a mangle but surviving to give an excellent rendition of “It’s my life” by Bon Jovi. She was reminded though that the show was called Aladdin and the excellent Allyson England was not going to let Wishee upstage her as she acted and sung beautifully. So well did she perform, she won the heart of Francesca Morrison, who not only played the part of Jasmine but also did much of the choreography for the show. The audience loved the visually exciting and cleverly directed flying carpet scene under UV light, which really brought the carpet to life.
Laura Smith excelled as the Slave of the Ring as did Thomas Jaffray as the Genie of the lamp and they were well supported by Alan Smith, Kirsty Cameron, Margo Carnegie, Mark Petrie, David Dickens and Theo Varley in the other Principal roles. Well done also to the dancers who gave a “strictly” quality appearance.
Understudies performed very well on the matinee in a seamless performance and credit is due to James Marshall, David Dickens, Iain Temperley, Emily Davis and Olivia Churchfield for taking their opportunity to step into the limelight. Alan Smith coordinated the production of the show, lighting and sound were inspired by Nathan Edwardson, Danny Ewen and John Waddell and the show was excellently directed by Mike Reilly and Victoria Waddell.