LARA CROFT FINALLY
TAKES TO THE STAGE
Copyright 2001 www.variety.com
[ December 20th 2001 ]
had media stars and magical experiments, brilliant
new scripts and Elaine C Smith impersonating Lara
Croft; but if a truly traditional panto is your
Christmas tipple, then Perth Theatre is the only
place for you this festive season.
two gorgeous long-legged principal boys, a fabulous
fairy godmother and a pair of adorable white Shetland
ponies pulling a glittering pumpkin coach: Cinderella
is the panto of pantos, and Perth's production
this year gives it the full traditional treatment.
are tiny dancers from the local ballet schools,
Ugly Sisters called Verruca and Bunion in twinkling
tartan frills, a naughty song-sheet song about
a "thingmy", and enough romance and dance and
terrible old jokes to have this lovely little
Edwardian theatre rocking on its round foundations.
As for the audience, only at the King's in Edinburgh
will you find a crowd more eager to party, in
the best variety style.
not that Michael Winter's production is perfect.
The script - by Winter himself with Ugly Sister
Greg Powrie - is adequate but misses a few narrative
tricks. The twin dames, Greg Powrie and Alan McPherson,
are both novices when it comes to stand-up comedy
and audience interaction, and some of the casting
further down the line is insipid at best. But
Samantha Saunders makes an immensely elegant Prince
Charming, well supported by Vanessa Clarke's Dandini;
Derek McGhie's tentative Buttons is hugely appealing
and Kareena Dainty's Cinderella is sweet.
Powrie and McPherson have some way to go to perfect
their double-act, at their best they show a new
generation of Scottish performers carrying the
old tradition powerfully into the future. I could
almost feel the ghost of that late, great Perth
panto dame, Walter Carr, beaming down from the