27th Feb, 2021

Review: Studley panto Sleeping Beauty hits the small screen

Ross Crawford 18th Dec, 2020

Sleeping Beauty livestream – Aunty Jen Productions

IF IT’S traditional panto fun and an escape from the worst of 2020 you’re after, look no further than this show.

Granted, these are strange times and I had to see the performance via a livestream broadcast last Sunday.

But despite having to adjust to the small screen of a laptop, the wonderful world of the best pantos was brought magically to life.

There was a sly dig at the Palace Theatre in Redditch – no show at the Palace – but all in good fun.

In fact Sleeping Beauty is the only panto in town although it’s been stuck in Tier 3 as the cast, despite coming from all over Warwickshire and Worcestershire, are based in Studley, along with their chosen venue, Studley Sports Centre.

However there are laughs aplenty, some great dance routines and songs and all the classic panto scenes.

The pace never slackens and the jokes, many supplied by the watching audience, keep coming.

Director Jen Stone brilliantly takes the role of the evil witch Carabosse, and doubles up as Bimbo the Court Jester to really showcase her acting talent.

She’s ably supported by Nicolette Morgan (Princess Beauty) Jack Scott Walker (Prince Richard of Redditch) Neville Cann (King Larry), Oliver Hume (Queen Laminate) Annaliese Morgan (Good Fairy and Dum Dum).

These are all professional actors and the show, backed by the local community, Warwickshire County Council and an Arts Council grant, deserves a wider audience.

Whatever Tier Redditch and Studley find themselves in, this is definitely the show of the year for this area.

For tickets and more click HERE.

REVIEW BY ROSS CRAWFORD, EDITOR OF REDDITCH STANDARD.

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