Reviewed by Kathryn Harrison
Last night (3 December 2018) my husband and I, along with our 6-year-old daughter, visited The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool to watch Aladdin by Drops of Light. We all love pantomimes and with this being our first one of the Christmas season we were very excited.
Drops of Light are a Community Interest Company who give aspiring performers, creatives and technical staff opportunities to work alongside professional theatre makers. Many of the actors and creative team are currently training at local colleges dance academies and drama schools. Add this information to the small size of the theatre and you would be forgiven for thinking that this would be an amateur performance however this was certainly not the case. The whole cast were brilliant and apart from a few minor sound issues the show was as good as many pantos we have seen from more established companies and theatres.
As you expect from a pantomime there were lots of laughs in the show with jokes for both children and adults. One thing I really dislike in pantomimes is when the adult humour goes too far but this performance struck the perfect balance. Liam Dascombe as Wishy Washy and Jamie Greer as Widow Twankey were both hilarious and had us all giggling throughout the show. There was a lot of Scouse humour in the show as well which the audience, including us, seemed to enjoy.
Music plays a big part in pantomimes and this one was no different, there were lots of songs that got the audience clapping along and tapping their feet, Adam McCoy as Aladdin is a brilliant singer. We enjoyed all the songs in the show with my favourite being the Abba medley by the Atomic Kitten Heels, although I still haven’t managed to get Wishy and Twanky Shark out of my head yet! The children’s ensemble were absolutely flawless, I was extremely impressed with their dance skills.
This was a wonderfully charming show that felt more intimate than some of the bigger productions, meaning the audience really felt part of the show. My daughter was made up to get a high five from both Wishy Washy and Aladdin. If you’re looking for a fun filled family night out that everyone will love then get your tickets booked now, my daughter wants to go again as soon as possible and has already asked if we can go to watch their production of Cinderella next year!
Tickets cost from £13 (booking fees may apply).
Aladdin is at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool from 1-30 December 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit hopestreettheatre.com or call the box office on 0344 561 0622.
The Hope Street Theatre, 22 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BY | 0344 561 0622