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Loads of oohs and one big aarrhhh!; Review.

Byline: Rachael Tinniswood

Neptune Theatre Jack and the Beanstalk

"WHO's your favourite pop band?"

It was one of five questions in Blind Date style asked by Dame Trot to the four children who had volunteered to join him/her on the stage.

Mimi, a little blonde girl with navy jeans and a black T-shirt giggled as she answered:

"My dad."

"Aarrhhhh, " said the audience of mums, dads, and older kids who had never quite grown up.

"Who's your dad - Robbie Williams?" said Dame Trot?

"No, " replied Mimi, quick as a flash. "Ian McCulloch."

It was just one of those comical yet completely unrehearsed moments that only pantomimes can provide - and there were certainly plenty at the Neptune.

Starring Penny from Big Brother and Sue Jenkins - Brookside's Jackie Corkhill - Pele Productions' Jack and the Beanstalk had all the usual offerings you would expect from a pantomime, from "He's behind you!" to the double entendres.

Penny delighted as Fairy Starlight, although we didn't see much of her in the first half, and Sue Jenkins was fantastic in her role as Queen Blunderbore, which saw her as an evil queen with a posh voice - a big departure from Jackie.

But she hadn't completely shed her Brookie role, and the audience was relieved to see that when she was transformed from a bad into a good witch she became Jackie Corkhill again - and promptly ran off to "make Jimmy's tea".

David Paul, who took on the role of Jack, also put on an impressive performance and revealed a fantastic voice while Tiffany Walsh as Jill also looks to be a promising performer.

All in all it was a good, fun performance which seemed to be enjoyed by the cast as much as the audience.

RATING: 7 / 10 Magical
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2001
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