Panto Fun Not In “Short” Supply With The Unity Players

Celebrating seventy years , this year the Unity Players presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as their annual Christmas pantomime and it’s packed full of fun.

The story remains true to the traditional tale. Snow White (Annie John) has turned eighteen and has met the man of her dreams Prince Frederick (thigh-slappingly performed by Sacha Clayton) and has to escape her jealous, wicked stepmother, Queen Caligua (evilly played by Jenny John) and her henchman Black Wing (Steve Barratt) who try and have her killed by a couple of dim-witted assassins (ably played by Lynda Tucker and Kirstie Flood). Snow White is helped by the Fairy Goodheart (beautifully played by Hayley White) and Professor Wonderwings (Trish Hill).

This telling has comedy aplenty led by Danny Dumpling, (in a superb comic performance by Sam Kelly) and there really is nothing like Dame Dolly Dumpling (Ian Cowie), whose interactions with the audience help the show to bounce along.

The real stars of the show however are the seven dwarfs all played magnificently by younger members of the company.

A special mention must be given to the fantastic dancers from the Curtis School of Dance – their excellent performances (look out for the brilliant tap routine!) add some extra special magic to this very visual show (helped by the costumes and creative use of projections by Adrian Cottle).

A brilliant way to start Christmas packed with festive fun for the entire family that will leave you smiling on your way home.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs is at The Kingswood Theatre and runs until Sunday 21 December.

Luke John Emmett