21 November 2010 WOS Rating: Reader Reviews: View and add to our user reviews It’s a measure of how popular Oldham Coliseum pantomimes are that tickets have already gone on sale for the 2011/12 production, Dick Whittington. This year’s Sleeping Beauty sticks to the usual template: clean gags, breezy musical numbers, and a wonderfully OTT dame. It makes for a thoroughly entertaining family night out. Panto stalwart Eric Potts litters his script with plenty of topical and local references (full marks for the Metrolink gag): Sue Devaney - as evil witch Carabosse - gets most of the best ones. Dressed like a Marilyn Manson concubine, and goading the audience at every turn, Devaney delivers a virtuoso comic turn; in any other genre, a performance this good would be showered with awards. It’s not a one-woman show however: Heledd Baskerville is likeably ditsy as the Fairy Rainbow fairy; as sidekick Larry Occlesthorpe, Richard J Fletcher manages the trick of being both gormless and kind hearted. The improbably named Fine Time Fontayne returns for the third year running, and is a delightfully daft dame; he also gets to dress up like Lady GaGa and Katie Perry. Director Kevin Shaw directs with plenty of zip and inventive business. Highlight of the evening came when Prince Lorenzo ( Amy Rhiannon Worth) arrived at the chamber of the dozing Princess Rose ( Nicole Evans). “I’ve never kissed anyone before”, dithered the Prince. “Well just do it then!” bellowed one hyperactive, spectacle-wearing boy - a moment that brought the house down. On this evidence, expect another sell-out production. - Stephen Timms Related Content Back to Northwest Homepage
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