B.A.S.E. Panto Review

Sinbad and his 8th Voyage, Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton
Burton Amateur Stage Entertainers (BASE) 17-21 February 2015.

This production is the 44th staged by Base and once again it will be raising money for good causes – this year it is The Brain Tumour Charity who stand to benefit from the money you spend buying a programme and on the raffle during show week.

As ever the company put on a show that will delight pantomime lovers of all ages. There are lots of opportunities for audience participation and the opening night crowd certainly responded well.

All the elements needed for a successful panto are there with stolen treasure and a wronged hero, a princess betrothed to the wrong man and a battle between good and evil.

Throw in a comedy slave auction, a stormy sea voyage, plenty of well known songs, lots of ‘oh yes he did’ and a Dame with a deckchair – what more do you need?

With Martin Goodall as the Dame – Norma Snickers, think about it . . . yes, you’ve got it now – leading the mayhem the show bounces along and Joanne McGurk as his/her daughter Silly Sally showing great comic timing and an ‘I’m having a good time and so are you’ presence every time she is on stage it is difficult not to be drawn into the call and response.

Good and evil are represented respectively by Jodie Swann as Fortuna and Kerry-Ann Roe as Evilena, who was really quite scarey – although in the sing-along at the end, under Fortuna’s spell, the audience warmed to her.
Strong support from all the principals, chorus and dancers kept the show moving along at a good pace and the first night audience left the Brewhouse in a buzz of excitement.

Sinbad and his 8th Voyage, continues at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, until Saturday 21st Feb . Wednesday night’s performance starts at 6.30pm and there are matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night commence at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100.

Bill Pritchard.

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