Touchwood Theatre Company
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Touchwood Theatre Company, Devonport Playhouse, 4th – 7th Dec

Almost exactly 7 years ago I wrote my very first review as Amy on Am-Dram of Touchwood’s ‘Cinderella’ and this year they are back again to tell this classic fairytale. This popular story features plenty of fun for all the cast including the cheeky panto babes.

The panto babes doubled up as animals, ghosts, and even mini ugly step sisters. This excellent multi-tasking and fearless performance as Mini Grizelda and Mini Anastasia is sure to mean these young actors will have a bright future in theatre.

The Plymouth panto season wouldn’t be complete without am-dram’s favourite pantomime dame, David Bailey. This year he is joined by Gordon Cook in the role of the ugly step sisters. These flamboyant characters were brought to life by these two fabulous gals with songs such as ‘Bosom Buddies’ and ‘Mama I’m A Big Girl Now’.

The Prince Charming of this tale is played by Josh Frost who has a great talent for improvising with whatever is thrown at him. His funny additions had the audience roaring with laughter.

His Royal Advisor, Dandini (Daryl Smith-Wightman) played quite a different character from the kind Prince. Dandini showed us he isn’t all smiles and charm and stayed into character up until the curtain came down. This meant he absolutely stole the show in the final number with his moodiness and in-character dancing.

Touchwood’s Cinderella is played by Kate Stables who serenaded the audience with her sweet singing voice with songs such as ‘A Dream Is A Wish’ from Disney’s Cinderella.

Touchwood’s performance has every element of panto fun but this does mean this is a fairly long first act. However, there is plenty to entertain the little ones including silly jokes, larger than life characters, and audience participation.

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