I always enjoy visiting the Pavilion in Bournemouth for two main reasons, and they are; 1. It’s a magnificent piece of architecture and history and 2. There’s always something on there for everyone. This time was no exception, and I took Christy along to see their winter pantomime, Aladdin.
I personally love Disney’s Aladdin, so I thought why not see what I think of an alternative version with humour and extra twists. After finally finding where I was sitting, Christy joined me and we got comfy ready for the performance.
I enjoyed the pantomime and of course getting to interview the cast prior to the evening performance for an exclusive video. I’m not one to give too much away but Aladdin promises laughs, a lot of screaming ‘Knickers!’ and some pretty cool effects.
My highlights were:
Scott Maslen – known widely for his role as Jack Branning in Eastenders – plays Abanazar the panto’s baddie. I was pretty impressed with how bad ass he was and really enjoyed booing him every time he came on stage.
Chris Jarvis – know for his role as a CBeebies presenter – plays the role of Wishee Washee and is also the Director of the panto. He was funny, charming and the kids loved it when he brought out a CBeebies friend onto the stage.
Bobby Crush plays Widow Twankey. He really is a guilty pleasure for me. Prior to the show I was thoroughly entertained by him whilst he explained how he became Widow Twankey and on stage he dominated the spot light. He was funny, knew how to command a stage and not to mention…’Knickers’.
Jennifer Saayeng played the Slave of the Ring. I really enjoyed how she not only added attitude to her role but also a type of humour which made me giggle from my stomach every time she was in a scene. I loved her energy and her ‘don’t mess with me’ ethos!
Although I enjoyed much of the pantomime I can’t mention everything but the few extra things I will give a mention to are the special effects – Aladdin’s carpet was really awesome and the cave he got trapped in was really quite something and of course the use of local comedy factors – the old cinema and eye sore that was recently demolished was reincarnated in spirit and soul. Although a little tongue in cheek there was a few laughs once everybody caught on to the reference!
Overall Aladdin is a great fun filled adventure suitable for the whole family. I would recommend getting your tickets before they sell out – If not for a late Christmas present then for a New Year gift. Don’t miss the puntastic panto!
Words by Michelle Stannard
Photography by Azeem Mustafa and Emily May