There is always something special about a Paul L Martin -Excess All Areas Panto productions and that is Paul himself. He pours his heart and soul into putting on a show that is immensely entertaining. He has one of the most malleable faces I know , creating a snarl and a grimace , distorting his facial muscles like a ban-shee . A true pantomime dame, This ensemble of actors are so well gelled now that they bounce off each other garnering huge laughs along the way . Energetic, exuberant ,eclectic and above all else extravagant with their body language, they all come together to make sure that the audience have a fab time. This panto pushes all the proverbial buttons. There is no quaintness here , this is a robust 2 hours or merriment , naughtiness, political digs . slapping of thighs and foot stomping action. The show is crazy, cleverly crude with the songs acting as great plot devices.
There is a complete show stopper of a moment with Jamie Anderson’s as King Rat rendition of ‘You don’t have to take your clothes off’ getting the well deserved belly laughs. Martin who also wrote the show knows how to create a visual gag superbly and there is a wonderful send up of the Boots Chemist brand. The pacing of the show by Director, Vanessa Pope allows for the inevitable ad libs and response to heckles. The closing number of the show is a re-working of ‘We built this city’ to ‘ We built this Panto on Prosecco’ and they sure did as this is a festive treat that will never run out of FIZZ! 4 stars
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