REVIEW: Panto is lots of fun - and a little bit naughty

Production at The Guildhall.
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THIS year is a first for Polka Dot in putting on a pantomime at the Guildhall Arts Centre.

Regular panto-goers will know that Grantham’s King of Showbiz Douglas Gorin has produced, directed and starred in the annual Christmas productions since the Guildhall theatre opened almost 20 years ago.

And so I was eager to see what Polka Dot had to offer.

I was not disappointed, and judging by the yelling, laughing and squealing from my fellow audience members, neither were they.

I was, however, surprised at how naughty it was in places. Although the innuendo would have gone completely over the heads of the younger members, I suppose (although the Dame’s gyrating may not have!).

By far the star of the show was the Wicked Witch - my petrified five-year-old sister Abbie shaking beside me was evidence that the role of ‘baddie’ was carried out to a tee.

Her evil cackle was spine-chilling, but equally her comedy timing was flawless.

Another favourite character was Muddles the Jester, whose clumsy mannerisms and funny voice earned many a giggle.

Meanwhile, Dame Dolly Dumpling strutted her stuff on the stage in full make-up. The highlight of her performance for me was a hilarious striptease to Tom Jones’ ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’!

Every cast member, and of course the dancers, must be mentioned, as they did a fantastic job.

I strongly recommend everyone goes along to see the panto - it’s a great show!

For more informtaion and to book, visit www.guildhallartscentre.co.uk or call 01476 406158.