Camelot comes to Fishguard

From the big opening number, the cast of Camelot were off to a shining start at Fishguard’s Theatre Gwaun, in January 2020…

Guinevere played by Emma Williams is expected in town and the whole of Camelot is anticipating the marriage between her and good king Arthur (Finlay Davidson).

A forged note of promises is Morgan le Fay’s (Paula Phillips/Laura Muller) plot to put a spanner in the works, making good use of the slightly evil Valerin (Colin Hancock) and his delightfully ditzy and adoring mum played by Jayne Hughes.

Music from Richard Russill, Aaron Davies and Kiran Dearing makes the show rock, and Ole Davidson and Ben Reynolds put all they have into the lighting.

Add Laughalot (Parker), with jokes no one wants to hear, and the king’s efficient PA (Sharon Jenkins) and the mayhem has no bounds. We also have Merlin (Debbie John) without whom no story of Camelot could be complete, not to mention talking clocks, visible and invisible henchmen, and a bishop

The end of the show

I can’t possibly mention all the delightful cast in such a small review but I have to admit to finding Teddy Bear, played by Rachel Price, particularly delightful, and you can’t have a panto without a dame. Connie Clatterbottom, played by Allen Cresswell thoroughly delighted the audience with a good dose of cheek and naughtiness…but how on earth does she walk in those heels?

This is a show with oodles of panto audience participation. Plenty of singing and ‘Oh yes he is’-es, not to mention booing and cheering and being pelted with sweets. Singalongs abound and the young people fill in all the spaces with bright enthusiasm. It is clear that there are some little stars coming up from the chorus that we will look forward to seeing in future shows.

One little smasher– could he be the youngest member of the cast? – was a real live wire of a retainer who threw his pint-sized self into every scene with full force… who is that kid? What a little scene-stealer.

My favourite scene has to be in the haunted cabin in the woods with some fab ghosties and ghoulies. Headless old ladies, serpents and spiders were just some of the apparitions managed by an able team of puppeteers. Spooky stuff.

We also enjoyed the rather modern twist on waking the princess from her spell-induced slumbers. Well done, Arthur, for pointing out that “you can’t go around kissing unconscious women”.  A cup of tea is much more acceptable!

Director and cast take a bow.

Thanks to Jana Davidson who directed Camelot into life for us, and to all the backstage folks, who painted scenery and collected props, who made costumes and ensured lighting and music were when and where they needed to be. Your audience were delighted with all your efforts.

What’s the panto to be next year?

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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