We all know the classic story of ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’, but this pantomime gives it a slight twist. Instead, the story is based around our panto dame Belinda (Steve Simmonds), whose big top circus troupe has fallen on hard times. Her biggest rival, and our panto villain Wilberforce T. Whippum (Richard Costello), owns the wildlife circus down the road but plans to buy Belinda out. With a little help from her faithful friends, and some very lovable characters, a plan comes together to stop the evil Whippum from taking control.
It must be said that the staging is visually stunning. The stage takes form as a circus big top tent, which extends out into the auditorium. With the bonus of circus instrumental music being played as the audience takes their seats, it really gives the feel of being sat waiting for an exciting circus show. Whilst there are no set changes, there is good use of props and the additional use of signage entering from above the stage allows the storytelling to take place. There is good use of lighting throughout which contributes to the circus themed show. It also must be noted that there is good use of costumes. In particular, the Dame’s costumes are a pure joy, in particular the Belinda’s big top extravaganza!