YOU'LL HAVE A BALL WITH UGLY SISTERS.
Byline: VIVIENNE AITKEN
MOST pantos in Scotland this year are working from scripts penned by Alan McHugh and this one was no different. What gave this one the edge was it cut out superfluous, vulgar gags and put on a tighter and far funnier show.
Plaudits to director Stuart Bird for sprinkling his own brand of fairy dust on this production.
It's a long time in pantoland since we've seen ugly sisters with genuinely funny bones but Derek McGhie and Craig Glover were truly hilarious. Their timing was exceptional and they didn't need to even open their mouths until you were belly laughing. And their "mumsie" - Cinderella's evil step-mother Sally Howitt - was wonderfully wicked.
Scott Watson, as Dandini, was also a smash - bringing energy, hilarity and a fabulous voice.
Cinderella was captured perfectly by Christie Gowans, the ensemble were tight and the children were delightful. But alas, there were some real stinkers, too.
The interval ice cream had more personality than Prince Charming Adam Morgan, whose voice could not compete with his manservant Dandini's. And Fairy Babs, played by former Voice contestant Barbara Bryceland, seemed to spend the entire show searching for the next line. There was certainly nothing magical about this fairy's performance.
However, the good definitely outweighed the bad and it is well worth making the trip to catch Falkirk's first professional panto. VIVIENNE AITKEN LIKED the funny jokes. The two sisters, Sadie and Senga, were my favourites but I also liked the singing and dancing. OLIVIA ARMIT, 9, LINLITHGOW
DOUBLE TROUBLE Ugly sisters didn't have to speak to raise laughs