9-18 January 2015
Reviewed by Ann Durrell
The Waterside Arts Centre is located in the centre of Sale, directly opposite the main tram stop. We parked at the Q car park on Broad Street which is a short walk away and cost £3. It is a modern building hosting a theatre, gallery and studios. This performance of Aladdin was by The Sale Nomads Theatre Group, a local amateur dramatic company.
This was very much a traditional family pantomime with jokes for the kids as well as gags targeted for the adults in the audience. There were lots of reference’s in the script to the local area, raised a laugh from the audience. In typical panto style Aladdin was played by a lady with plenty of thigh slapping and Abanazar sneered and hissed generating a chorus of booo’s from the audience. There were plenty of ‘he’s behind you’ and ‘oh no he isn’t’ and let’s face it, it would not be a proper pantomime without these! Stage design settings were really professional and included Widow Twanky’s Laundry and The Emperor’s palace.
A band provided accompaniment to ample musical numbers ranging from Abba to Pharrell and a generous helping of Disney songs which the kids were singing along too. As well as the actors there were a group of adult dancers who treated us to tap, bangra and even a spot of Can Can and a troop of children dancing who were greeted by an ‘ahhh’ from all the adults in the audience, particular when they did their number to the 70’s classic Kung Foo Fighting. There was plenty of audience participation throughout the show and before the finale all the children in the audience were invited up onto the stage to sing Widow Twanky song with the actions of course.
For an amateur production I was impressed, the set, script and show were well put together and the whole cast were very enthusiastic, really putting their all into the performance. The stand out performance of the night had to be Widow Twanky, whose quick wit turned around a couple of incidents with lines, and when on stage with Wishy Washy the two made an excellent comedy duo. I would recommend this pantomime to parents and children of under ten.
Tickets cost from £10 to £36.
Aladdin is at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale until 18 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0161 912 5616.
Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF | 0161 912 561