Last weekend we attended a pantomime for the first time in years and Marie and I were the only couple without kids in tow I think. It was a show which is in the West End of London, stopping off at the magnificent Core Theatre within The Cube. They had previously done similar shows in the same format, Potted Potter and Potted Pirates.
Potted Panto was a cheap production so to speak with just three building props but don’t be fooled as the show didn’t lack class. The eighty minute show was centred around the two CBBC presenters Dan and Jeff, people we had not heard of before (our kids are older). With just two other actors made brief appearances and his meant the duo had to perform almost alone. The timing and acting were brilliant to say the least and they didn’t let us down. You could say they are a possible modern-day Morecambe and Wise in the making.
The panto is potted as it condenses some of the most famous stories in one show. The humour was slapstick and there was also adult jokes which kids didn’t cotton onto. Audience participation was a requirement, all gladly helping out. Tales like Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks, Aladdin and Snow White were shown no mercy. The underlying theme was Dan’s obsession to get ‘A Christmas Carol’ into the show and Jeff wasn’t keen.
You can see why Potted Panto has been nominated for so many awards. Even more so that such a show was at our local theatre. Let’s hope The Derngate which books all the shows for The Core brings more of this class instead of keeping them for their own venues. There wasn’t a dry eye to be found in the building (lean-to the left, lean-to the right). 9/10