2014 Aladdin Reviews

Daily Echo - Curtain Call

Wednesday 10th December 2014

By Rebecca Case

MY first panto of Curtain Call 2015 was a home-grown affair, written by husband and wife team Alison and David Woolford, and with many stalwart Worthy Players taking to the stage, plus a few newcomers.

The script contained the right mix of story, jokes and innuendo and was performed by a cast who looked like they were enjoying themselves as much as the audience.

Sarah Kesterson narrated and sang beautifully, commanding the stage and then fading gracefully to allow the action to take place.

Barbara Kearns and Lynne Grimes (Ying and Yang) provided slapstick and energy, and Michael Heseldin (Widow Twanky) added to the humour.

Add the leading boy, Fiona Mcloughlin (Aladdin), and the beautiful princess, Connie Barnes, and you have a panto.

The set and props were far beyond what would be expected from a village hall and the costumes were bright, elaborate and plentiful. A great start to the season.


Hampshire Chronicle

Wednesday 17th December 2014

By Eleanor Hamblin

THE Worthy Players’ annual pantomime is always eagerly anticipated and this year’s production of Aladdin lived up to all expectations.

Written by David and Alison Woolford with all the usual ingredients of love, good and evil, it brought together a large cast of experienced actors and promising newcomers.

Fiona McLoughlin as Aladdin and Connie Barnes as Princess Chop Suey were well cast both for their acting and singing as were the Emperor (Tim Ellwood) and Empress (Eileen Bellamy) who brought some rather dubious dignity to the proceedings.

No pantomime is complete without a Dame and Michael Heseldin relished his role as Widow Twankey. Also adding to the humour were the two inept policemen, Ying and Yang, played with great energy by Barbara Kearns and Lynne Grimes and the interfering Health and Safety Officer, Ivor Jobsworth (Douglas Mackie).

With colourful costumes and excellent stage sets and lighting this was a good traditional family show which had something for all ages.

Director David Woolford and the Worthy Players are to be congratulated on another successful pantomime. Oh yes they are!


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