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Jack And The Beanstalk reviewed

Published: 13 Dec 2012 09:300 comments

From the off, this year's pantomime at South Hill Park Arts Centre, in Bracknell, promised a 'terrific Christmas show,' and it did not disappoint on its opening night.

SUPER SHOW: The cast of Jack And The Beanstalk at South Hill Park, in
Bracknell. PHOTO: SOUTH HILL PARK

Despite a few slips with the script - which were seamlessly recovered by the talented cast - Bart Lee's production of Jack And The Beanstalk, directed by Julian Hirst, had young and old laughing their socks off, singing along, booing and hissing - oh yes it did!

The cast included an array of young dancers and performers, with two getting the chance to display their talents in the X Factor-style competition. The main characters bounced off the audience, teasingly chanting 'who let you in' to an audience member repeatedly bellowing 'oh no he didn't'.

The music, by arts centre regular, Ron McAllister, was lively, funny and entertaining and the cast used the Wilde Theatre to great effect, with characters running around the audience, 'sneezing' on them and crawling among the aisles.

However, the highlight for me was the set, designed by Victoria Spearing, which brought the world of Ma Donald, Jack and love interest Jill to life with a spectacular house which transformed from Ma Donald's home, to the market to the X Factor hub. There was even an enormous hand to resemble the evil giant, and a life-size inflatable beanstalk which burst from the stage and reached high up into the roof.

This year's pantomime had all the elements of a traditional pantomime, laughter, a villain, music and sweets thrown out to the audience (after an appropriate risk assessment of course) - and then there was Super Moo!

Jack And The Beanstalk is at The Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, until Saturday, January 5. To book tickets, costing £18 for adults, £15 for concessions and £60 for a family, call 01344 484123 or visit www.southhillpark.org.uk

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