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Panto review! Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Don't eat the manky apple, Snow White! Oops, too late. Read my review of Aylesbury Waterside's seasonal show, starring - oh yeah! - Su Pollard.

God bless Su Pollard! Back from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre with two extremely happy nippers who loved the hi-di-hi camp of it all. The odds of this being a good panto were always going to be strong, with the brilliant La Voix returning for a second year and Three Counties radio host Andy Collins a long-standing panto pro.

But bravo to La Pollard who really was the star of the show – razor sharp timing, a strong voice and some real comedy chops. The scene where she attempted to woo Prince Frederick of Fairford Leys in her camisole set was genuinely hilarious but there were glimpses of her real acting talent too, particularly when she donned the nose to play the beggar lady.

If you’ve been to the Waterside panto over the last few years you’ll be familiar with the annual Bra That Was Made to Fit Three pastiche of The 12 days of Christmas but every year it remains a massive crowd-pleaser – this year the ‘seven toilet rolls’ were thrown into the audience and up into the gods, where Andy Collins tussled with the audience to retrieve them. At the end of the song, the crowd were blasted with water guns from the stage and from up high. It was genuinely very funny.

Andy Collins as Muddles, with Jenna Innes and La Voix looking on

A big plus for the show this year was the quality of the supporting actors – Jenna Innes as Snow White and Jon Moses (a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber ITV’s Superstar) as the Prince both had exceptionally strong voices, and could actually act (*thud*).

And the seven dwarfs were strong too with good comic timing.

Any criticisms? Well the routine of the ghost behind the team sitting on the bench was a repeat from last year, and given we already have a reprise of The Bra… it would have been good to have something new at this point (though admittedly it was funny and the kids were going crazy for it). Other than that, the whole thing rollicked along rather beautifully. Best of all it avoided the usual dilemma of one half being much stronger than the second, perhaps because it was shorter than I remember most pantos – I was tucked up in bed by 10pm, just the way I like it!

‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ performances until Sun 31 Dec, Aylesbury Waterside, Exchange St, Aylesbury HP20 1UG.

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