We’re all right Jack. Beanstalk panto fills Millgate with mirth

THERE’S a certain supermarket-rhymes with red nose-suggesting as part of its Christmas campaign ‘the panto can wait.’

Well, Saddleworth has waited long enough for its share of traditional, seasonal jolly japes.

So, sorry Waitrose, we’ll re-heat your pudding in the microwave at a later date and crack on watching Jack and the Beanstalk at the Millgate Theatre in Delph.

Hundreds have already taken the chance to catch the Dream Factory Theatre’s production running through until Monday, December 31.

And it wouldn’t be panto if we can’t follow that line with ‘oh yes they have!”

In fact, expressions of interest have already been received at the box office for next year’s follow-up, Sleeping Beauty.

There’s little to dislike about panto. You know exactly what’s coming.

It will be noisy, loud and crammed with one liners you won’t find on Live at the Apollo.

But therein lies the success of the formula, especially when it is delivered with such professionalism and enthusiasm as this DFT offering.

Young, old and those in between should always find something to enjoy about a panto and you can’t go wrong with this adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Writer Ben Richards manages to crowbar in the pre-requisite number of local references: Frankie Fine Buys even gets a mention.

Obligatory current musical hits receive an airing and if audience members didn’t know the Baby Shark song before the show, they won’t forget it in a hurry!

The six main cast members are excellent; so too the magnificent creation of Bertie the giant.

Scott Worsfold is everything like a Dame (Trott), Lucie Farrimond, a feisty Jill with a superb voice while Fiona Egan’s evil Fleshcreep is often a scene stealer.

Will Cousins is a perfect foil to Fleshcreep as Silly Billy with Luke Drewell (Jack) and Bethany-Jo Clews (Fairy Mary) maintaining the high level of performance.

Last but not least are the youngsters from Zoe Pool School of Dance in Market Drayton and for local audiences, children from the Jet Performing Arts Studios in Delph.

For ticket details visit

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/saddleworth/saddleworth-live-at-the-millgate/jack-the-beanstalk

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