Not only are the cast exceptional actors but each comprise the band who perform on a raised platform above the stage. Expertly, they play an electrifying pop soundtrack which, unlike some pantos, helps to drive the narrative whilst being well-chosen to suit the vocal range of the cast. In a standout moment for the show, The Queen (Aminita Francis) rises centre stage and belts Whitney Houston’s classic, ‘Queen of the Night’. Francis was the tour-de-force of this Panto with hilarious physical comedy, classy vocals and an overall powerful stage presence with lasagne puns a-plenty!
Completing the cast is Thomas Fabian Parrish as Prince Charming, who lives up to his name in a more literal sense than we’re used to. Parrish plays the comic book loving Charming with, well, charm- and is a delight to watch!
There is many a nod to both queer and black culture in the show which is completely unapologetic. This is refreshing as it is not uncommon for the LGBTQ+ community to still be subject to stereotypes, particularly in family shows but this is done both tastefully and respectfully. Snaps for everyone!