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Old school panto includes all the right ingredients.

Byline: Dick Whittington

TRADITION dies hard with Nuneaton Pantomime and Revue Society, now in its 46th year.

The stalwart group's latest offering offers all the age-old ingredients - a thighslapping girl as Principal Boy, a fiendish, snarling baddie, an over-blown Dame, a stage full of enthusiastic young dancers, a haphazard script and even a song-sheet scene, thrown in for good measure.

Despite a disappointing opening night audience at Bedworth Civic Hall and a performance which lacked pace in places, the society can feel proud of sticking to the panto rules.

Andrew Jones is in dominant form as King Rat - playing it like a manic Eddie Izzard - while Kirsty Smith, as the title character, Steph Kent (Alice Fitzwarren), Michelle Copson (Fairy Bowbells) and Gwyn Mortimer (Idle Jack) all keep it straight and pleasant. Jon Deakin perhaps gives himself too much to do, as director and as a rather stiff Sarah the Cook, but full marks go to the lithesome and acrobatic Julie Bromage dance troupe, including young Samantha Eccles, as Kitty.

The show continues tonight (Friday) and concludes with two performances tomorrow (Sat, 2.30pm, 7.30pm).

Mike Malyon
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 22, 2010
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