Jack and the Beanstalk review by Laura Anderson

Posted on 28 November 2013

Our first review is in for Jack and the Beanstalk and it gets a big thumbs up!

This week at the Belgrade, we’ve been joined by work experience student Laura Anderson who has had the opportunity to experience working in all departments of the theatre. Today Laura got the chance to join the front of house team during a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk and got to watch the show.

Here is a lovely review of the show she has written for us:

The story of one of the world’s most beloved fairy-tales returns to the Belgrade Theatre for this year’s legendary pantomime. Once again the show was directed and written by the main dame himself Iain Lauchlan.

The story is plotted around the main feature of the golden harp which shields the fun loving village of Prickly Bottom from evil but along the way of protecting the harp, we follow our hero Jack, his fashion idol mother Dame Trott and brother Simon on their farm along with their not so shy cow Daisy. When daisy runs dry it seems to the Trott family that this is a major disaster. This is until the village finds a bigger disaster when it starts to get pestered by the giant himself Blunderbore and his sneaky right hand man Fleshcreep for the harp.

This production holds a modern twist on the long running fairy-tale with nonstop humour and witty one-liners created by the enthusiastic cast who clearly strive to get the audience laughing and receive a real buzz from this. From the very start of the show the audience is soon participating along with the characters by singing and moving along to songs by the world’s most famous boy band at the moment.

The real surprise of the show features in the second act when the characters adventures climb up the beanstalk to find the brilliantly transformed giant ogre at the top. Every part of this monster has had extreme time and talent put into its making as the detail is outstanding and on its entrance to the stage you may even consider it to be a real.

The performance promises a lively and excitable atmosphere with spectacular scenery, colourful and enthusiastic characters, slapstick comedy for all ages with a generous amount of audience participation. This modern take on a classic story line is a great reason to get the family out all together to get into the Christmas spirit.

By Laura Anderson
Belgrade Work Experience student

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