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Memorable moments as CUDOS stage Dick Whittington


  • Cinderella Trophy

  • Reviews Jan 2019

Dick Whittington is one of my all-time favourites so I was very much looking forward to watching this production performed by CUDOS at the Victoria Hall in Crewkerne; a wonderful venue for a pantomime.

It was an absolute joy to meet up with familiar faces again. Thank you for the warm and courteous welcome and providing interval refreshments.

On my arrival into the hall there was a magnificent sewer pipe (if you like that sort of thing!) cleverly hiding the proscenium stage left and a glorious golden bell stage right. We could all guess who was going to make their entrances through these as the evening progressed!

The script, written by the popular Alan P. Frayn, was easy to follow containing necessary ingredients of a traditional pantomime, incorporating a lovely balance of songs. Overall the script was good – other than a few repetitive loo jokes – and seemed nicely shortened. At times I felt the dialogue in this pantomime clouded scope for greater and more imaginative activity. Additional audience interaction was required from principals and occasionally the show needed to be lifted up a degree with more energy and drive. Nonetheless this was Leonie Dash’s debut as director and having to start somewhere made a commendable effort. What a task you set yourself Leonie and at such a young age.