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. The Rock 'n' Roll Panto by Christian Patterson.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Theatre Clwyd , , December-13-19
Jack and the Beanstalk by Theatre Clwyd Last year Christian Patterson produced a splendid script for the rock'n'roll panto and he has done it again this year. It includes two wonderfully complicated cross-talk routines, stunningly performed. They left me breathless never mind the actors.

You know you're going to be in safe hands when, as you take your seat, bubbles descend from above and burst on your head. Other treats include the giant's arm, the goose that lays golden eggs, the beanstalk and Daisy the Cow, played, so the programme assures us, by Herself.

And, of course, there's the music. Loud certainly and gloriously performed by the entire cast. The choreography (Will Tuckett) and movement work is a treat while Zoe Waterman's direction keeps everything zipping along.

And her cast do her proud. Phylip Harries again proves that he is one of the finest Dames around, his rapport with the audience is second to none. Jack as played and sung very well by Peter Mooney is a properly virile hero, matched every inch of the way by his Jill (Jessica Jolleys), and yes, they are warned not to go up the hill.

I particularly enjoyed the two fairies, good (Katie Elin-Salt) and bad (Lynwen Haf Roberts). I also very much enjoyed the double act from the giant's lair, Shake (Elin Phillips) and Vac (Luke Thornton). Their co-ordinated movements are delightful.

Adam Barlow makes a lot of the sometimes thankless part of the Squire and I have no idea how the vehicle he rides in the second part works but he makes it look effortless.

Yet again a pantomime for all the family.

Reviewed by: Victor Hallett

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