“ The roar of the greasepaint. The smell of the crowd.” I can almost hear my old Dad saying , as I watch the curtain come up on Clarbeston Road’s pantomime Treasure Island.
Lights, music , action and we are immediately immersed in the life of the Admiral Benbow, the tavern in Panto land where the action begins.
Our Dame, Mrs Hawkins, played by Nick Wears is all one would want from a Dame: blonde, blousey and majestically bosomed. The innuendo is relentless and much is made of the squire, Rob Owens ,weakness for spotted Dick.
So what will happen when a treasure map , the pirates and the W.I. are all brought together? Well, it’s mayhem of course, with black spots, cake competitions, and a delicious abundance of cross dressing.
Look out for the Fridge,( Rhydian Watkins) who hates to be alone, but who wins the cake competition with his tin of tomato soup.
Long John Silver ( Adam Edgerley ) is a fabulous villain, inciting the delighted audience to boos and hisses without which no panto would be complete. His parrot, poor old Polly, (Sarah Rosser) who wants nothing more than to sit on his shoulder is doomed to stay on her feet, but manages to be an excellent spy.
Mrs Henderson played by Kate Ashley leads the sassy ladies of the Womens institute on their adventures across the high seas and I absolutely loved the discussion of the health and safety issues that need to be considered when it comes to walking the plank.
Obviously a risk assessment is required! Mrs Henderson and the ladies know that!
The music, is a pleasure and the cast sing the old favourites with gusto while the audience clap enthusiastically along. There is dancing as well as singing, and plenty of audience participation.
There are some lovely quirky costumes along with the pirates black white and scarlet ( very striking under the lights) Look out for the jelly fish and the shark, not to mention the ghosts.
Yes…of course there are ghosts, and all that delightful stage business that goes along with haunting pantomime style. ( He’s behind you! ) The audience loved the haunted cave!
This panto has a large cast , of all ages, and production team, all of whom should be very proud of themselves. I don’t have space to mention them all but I can say that they work well together and that’s not always so easy to achieve.
Of course there were blips. Even professionals have things that go a bit wobbly, particularly on a first night, but the cast worked so well together and with such great humour that there was never a dull moment.
Directed by Bobbie Sheldrake, with musical Director, Jeremy Stone it is a pleasure to see such hard work come to fruition.
Clarbeston Road Players who have given up their spare time for months to bring this right rollicking adventure to life, can be very proud of their hard work. Be assured, the audience left the hall on the occasion of this first night ,in a very jolly mood indeed.
You have a chance to catch this excellent performance of Treasure Island
at the Clarbeston Road Memorial Hall
at 7.30 on Friday 7th
and Saturday 8th of December 2018.