Review: Potted Panto, Garrick Theatre
It’s been a long wait, a long nine months since I was last in the West Result. It felt so good to be back. The Garrick Theatre in Charing Cross Road ogled pristine as we patiently queued outside. A rapid check of the temperature and we were in, disguises on and appropriate social distancing throughout. I did wonder how the ‘oh no you didn’t, oh yes you did! ‘ scenario might play out with a reduced audience, but it ran a treat with punters anxious to join in at all the opportunities. Potted Panto is a well-established appearance, having feed successfully …
Potted Panto are helpful in gale the cobwebs apart and banish the dreads and suspicions of the months we’ve lost.
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It’s been a long wait, a long nine months since I was previous in the West Expiration. It felt so good to be back. The Garrick Theatre in Charing Cross Road inspected pristine as we patiently queued outside. A rapid check of the temperature and we were in, masks on and proper social distancing throughout. I did was just wondering what the’ oh no you didn’t, oh yes you did !’ situation might play out with a reduced audience, but it ran a consider with punters anxious is participating in at every opportunity.
Potted Panto is a well-established register, having feed successfully over a period of ten years, toy first at the Vaudeville Theatre and making an Olivier nomination. Such recognition is well deserved, as co-writers Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner lead a marvelous mashup of panto’s finest minutes. Aptly assisted by Jacob Jackson and Charlotte Payne the pair come across as children’s TV presenters with a humorous, nearly subversive, streak. Like all good pantos there was still restraints for both adults and kids as favourite comments are weaved into a gently gale narrative. They open with Jack& the Beanstalk followed by Dick Whittington, the latter containing a wickedly clever parody of a well-known public figure. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White arrive in quick succession as they joyfully exploit the similarities, Prince Charming straying into many storylines just for the hell of it. The finale is a weird and wonderful combining of Aladdin and A Christmas Carol.
Potted Panto is a marvellously inventive canter through the genre. It’s not the easiest discipline to perform or write as the audience is so diverse; so this becomes a towering achievement especially under current restrictions. Dan and Jeff are just offstage during the course of its 70 -minute performance, presupposing various categories of appearances and costumes, which takes some doing with a stripped down production. You ability the assign are straining at the leash and buoyed by the presence of a live audience.
This is a reminder, if only we ever needed, that good-for-nothing can beat human contact and the reaction we get from a face-to-face meeting. Entertainment is a shot in the arm, much like the vaccine that has thankfully materialized. It’s an exciting and hopeful aim to a wretched year. We is no longer able have turned the angle but we can at least see it!
Written by: Daniel Clarkson, Richard Hurst and Jefferson TurnerDirected by: Richard HurstProduced by: James Seabright
Potted Panto is playing at Garrick Theatre until 10 Janurary 2021.
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