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Is Anita Dobson good at panto? Oh yes she is!

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Just a quick post to say… Totally worth booking tickets to see Sleeping Beauty at the Aylesbury Waterside. I went last night with the little Muddies and it was loads of fun.

The same ‘support crew’ as last year – Andy Collins as likeable as ever as Chester the Jester, and Holly Brewer as Sleeping Beauty, still in dire need of acting lessons in my opinion (though the kids thought she was great and my brother thought she was ‘fit’!). There was a crew of very proficient backing dancers/actors and also a very believable Prince Antonio (Christian Lund) with a whopper singing voice to kiss Beauty.

And of course, there was Anita Dobson.

Unlike Russell Grant last year who, charming though he was, bumbled and sweated his way through the performance, Dobson possesses the ideal panto combination of acting ability and camp delivery. She milked the audience for every laugh, didn’t mind sending herself up with the occasional Brian May gag, and also gave a very amusing take on the evil fairy Carabosse, as if she was in computer meltdown. She really earned her money last night.

Sleeping Beauty Panto

Panto is all about tradition, and so the Twelve days of Christmas musical gag with the ‘bra that was made to fit three’  was reprised humorously from last year (and perhaps from years before – can someone tell me?). And the water pistols were, once again, let loose on the audience too, and the kids found it just as thrilling.

The theatre wasn’t quite full but there was a huge amount of noise generated, with loads of booing, cheering and jazz hands. At the end of the night (be warned parents with little ones: it was 9.45pm by the time we left), everyone stood up and danced and it all ended with some pyrotechnics. Totally silly and eccentric and brilliant fun.

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4 comments on “Is Anita Dobson good at panto? Oh yes she is!”

  • Hannah Baxter December 17, 2013

    We went last night too; booked last minute with my ATG card and got them for £7.50 each! Bargain. It was my 2 year old daughter’s first theatre experience and I was worried whether she would be kept entertained but she loved it! Dancing and clapping throughout. Totally agree with the Holly Brewer comment, Anita did make me cringe at points but Chester made it for me. I am told that 12 days has been in the last 4 panto’s and so it should always remain! Great family fun and a key part of our Christmas festivities.

    • muddystiletto December 17, 2013

      Yes I agree, I loved it that the kids remembered the gags from last year, kind of gives it a lovely continuum feeling as the children grow with the panto. Glad you enjoyed it! x

  • Helen Johns December 17, 2013

    Hero, why do you cover the Waterside but not Thame Players who have a panto too? It was Snow White this year, sold out, with 1400 people seeing it. Ended on 16th December. What can we do to get Thame Players’ shows featured in your blog? Regards, Helen

    • muddystiletto December 17, 2013

      Hi Helen, thanks for the message. Muddy Stilettos covers the whole of Bucks and Oxon and so I need to make sure I cover the main centres for the big events like panto. I can promise you I fully intend to see a Thame Player’s show, but with 3 children and a large area to cover it’s difficult to fit everything in! Don’t forget you can promote yourselves in the Muddy Directory in the meantime. Kindest, Hero


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