A Night at the Tunbridge Wells Panto.
Lyn and her family went to the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall to see Sleeping Beauty.
Last night we all went to see this year’s Panto, which is Sleeping Beauty.
It’s running from the 7th December-2nd January.
I was amazed at how fast it had all come together, from start to production. It was only at the beginning of November when the Cast all met, and they hadn’t even seen the script then!
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I wasn’t very impressed with Sleeping Beauty/Princess Rose’s (Caitlin McNerney) costumes. They weren’t very attractive, and she had Nora Batty coloured tights underneath.
The comedy routines in between the main story were performed by Quinn Patrick (Nursie, the Pantomime Dame) and Derek Morgan (Silly Billy) and sometimes the King (David Allcock)
Our two little four-year-old girls, Isabella and Grace, got really excited before the Pantomime started, but they were as good as gold, and loved it, especially when they realised that they were allowed to shout at people on the stage!
Then towards the end, the Prince had a sword-fight with a very realistic-looking animated dragon that flew above him, and large flames shot into the air. And two little girls hopped onto their mums’ knees!
The children dancing were very cute, especially when they were dressed as Princess Rose’s toys.
Their dance schools are Associates Dancers, Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts, and Gabriella’s School of Performing Arts.
My biggest praise goes to Silly Billy Derek. He had more to learn than anyone else, including clever tongue twisters. And Derek is dyslexic! He’s perfectly open about it and says that it does hold him up in life.
His Agent must have a sadistic streak!
I asked him how on earth he learnt his scripts. He said he relies on videos a lot, and he can usually learn his lines in one go. He has a brilliant memory.
It’s an old tradition and long may it continue!
Next year is Peter Pan, and the tickets are already on sale, so you can book a seat and choose where you want to sit.
I’m looking forward to seeing it!
Assembly Hall Theatre
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 2LU