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Review in Slap Mag

Thanks to Andy O’hare for this review.

Dick Whittington (script by Chris Bennion)
Norton Theatre Group|10-12 January 2019

Not sure whether it’s me getting older or more probably sillier but I did enjoy another seasonal offering of slapstick, gratuitous overacting, singalong ditties, dodgy in-jokes and the traditional audience involvement at Norton Theatre Group’s production of Dick Whittington. It’s one of the few pantos based on a real-life story, but in this case only providing a minimal framework for Chris Bennion’s wacky and often off-beat script – always a good sign!! The real-life Dick Whittington was from Gloucester, so we start at his mother’s decidedly dubious cafe in the docks with its one- dimensional murine-based menu. Sarah Floenza Barbarella Gertrude Whittington (Paul Jones) is very proud of her son (Rob Milner) who aims to impress his sweetheart Alice (Rebecca Smith) by becoming Mayor of London. Sadly his plans are foiled by the evil power-crazy King Rat (Vicky Blake) who concocts a flurry of fake news in the gutter press to smear the innocent Dick, plans an unsubtle ballot-box-stuffing campaign (sounds familiar?) and finally recruits her, sorry his Rat sidekicks Deano, Franky and Sammy (Chris Daly, Sarah Bennion and Yvonne Ralphs) to shanghai Dick and spirit him overseas aboard Captain McSplash’s (Carl Ives) leaky lugger.

Not looking promising at this time for our hero, but the tale departs even further from the traditional as the boat founders and the occupants are improbably washed up three miles from Las V9egas where naturally Elvis himself (Michael Fox) is the first person they meet! Dick shows his mettle by foiling the Rats’ attempt to rob The King’s casino with the help of his cat Shadow (Jake Hurley) – so Elvis rewards him with a wadge of greenbacks and the use of his yacht to return to London – bear with me on this…King Rat is persuaded to apologise for the printed slurs and a nail-biting election comes down to the casting vote of the Rat sidekicks who repay their boss’s ill-treatment and niggardly wages settlement by voting for Dick to be Lord Mayor – well he did give them cheese to eat after all…

Probably not therefore a tale for the historical purist – but a thoroughly chucklesome offering with
plenty of humour for the kids and not-so-young in equal measures
from the pen of Mr Moldiwarts himself!

AOH (so-sue-me@live.co.uk)

MEET THE CAST – CAPTAIN TIBERIUS BLACKTOOTH McSPLASH

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It has been a lot of fun and along the way I’ve had two wives, been a dad, a monk and a pirate.15976932_10158219702070121_4311349329868968019_n

Taking part with my daughters since they joined has been truly special.

This year we have another cracking script and I am looking forward to what looks set to be my suitable part yet, although I am still unsure about the love interest.
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Norton Theatre Group presents
Dick Whittington 

10-12 

January 2019 at Norton Parish Hall

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM
01905 820459 / tickets@nortontheatregroup.co.uk

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nortontheatregroup
Or from The Coffee Shop at Norton Parish Hall, Littleworth.

DW POSTER FINAL

 

MEET THE CAST – VILLAGER / CHORUS / SAILOR

I’m Poppy and this is my first year with Norton. I enjoy many things including Baking, singing, playing guitar and I love old musicals.

I wanted to join the panto this year to make new friends and gain confidence.

(Pics by Mark Wakefield)

Norton Theatre Group presents
Dick Whittington 

10-12 

January 2019 at Norton Parish Hall

 

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM
01905 820459 / tickets@nortontheatregroup.co.uk

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nortontheatregroup
Or from The Coffee Shop at Norton Parish Hall, Littleworth.

DW POSTER FINAL

 

MEET THE CAST – ELVIS

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Hey, I’m Michael and this is my second year at Norton. My first role was as Captain Hook in Peter Pan. This is a little different. I’m playing Elvis.

When I am not doing Panto I am a member of Worcester vocal group Colla Voca along with Laura (Azura), Jo (Director & Joey The Rat) and Sarah (Franky The Rat). Norton has a great bunch of people and so talented. I love being part of the group and the scripts are traditional, 15994414_10158218805845121_1237764700847905971_obut with a hilariously modern twist. You’ll love it.

 

(pictures courtesy of Mark Wakefield)


Norton Theatre Group presents
Dick Whittington 

10-12 January 2019 at Norton Parish Hall

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM
01905 820459 / tickets@nortontheatregroup.co.uk
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nortontheatregroup
Or from The Coffee Shop at Norton Parish Hall, Littleworth.

DW POSTER FINAL

 

MEET THE CAST – AZURA

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I’m Laura Moss and I’m playing Azura, the evil witch, adviser to King Rat.

I’ve played Cinderella and Tigerlilly in previous panto’s with Norton Theatre Group, and I enjoy doing musicals at the Swan Theatre with WODS and also in local vocal group Colla Voca.

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I love singing and performing and adore doing shows! I’m very excited about playing a villain and I’ve been perfecting my eeeeevil cackle!

 

(Pics by Mark Wakefield)

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Norton Theatre Group presents
Dick Whittington 

10-12 

January 2019 at Norton Parish Hall

 

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM
01905 820459 / tickets@nortontheatregroup.co.uk

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nortontheatregroup
Or from The Coffee Shop at Norton Parish Hall, Littleworth.

DW POSTER FINAL

 

MEET THE CAST – VILLAGER / SAILOR / CHORUS

Hi, I’m Ebony Milner and this is my third pantomime.

In previous shows I’ve been a part of the chorus but this year I’ve got 2 speaking roles as a villager and a sailor. I’m very excited to finally have a speaking role because I love acting singing and dancing.

I’m 10 years old and look forward to doing many more shows

(pictures courtesy of Mark Wakefield)

 


Norton Theatre Group presents
Dick Whittington 

10-12 January 2019 at Norton Parish Hall

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM
01905 820459 / tickets@nortontheatregroup.co.uk
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nortontheatregroup
Or from The Coffee Shop at Norton Parish Hall, Littleworth.

DW POSTER FINAL