Friday, December 13, 2013

'Sleeping Beauty' by Sue Sachon

13 December 2013

It’s that time of year again – oh yes it is! On Sunday we were back at the TADS theatre in Toddington for this year’s pantomime. ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was written and directed by TADS stalwarts Sue and David Sachon. This was a magical and charming rendition of the traditional fairy story with all the usual pantomimic elements in evidence. It was an excellently acted and impressively produced show which thrilled an audience packed with very young children. (Though it’s interesting to note that handing out sweets to the audience always makes for the most exciting moment of the afternoon!) In a large cast Judy Palmer’s gormless palace guard, Emily Venn’s twinkly fairy godmother and the ever-wonderful Janet Bray (as both a guard and a fairy) stood out for me. And it was great to see Leanne Lyndsey White – who was excellent as Audrey in the TADS production of Little Shop of Horrors earlier this year (reviewed here in May 2013) – giving another impressive performance as Prince Ferdinand.

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