The New Wolsey Rock ’n’ Roll pantos have become as much a part of Christmas as Roast Turkey and Christmas Pudding and this year’s offering, Sinbad, is stuffed full of great songs and lots of fun for all.
It’s also nice to have a variation from the more popular stories that are served up as panto and Sinbad is certainly that.
Sinbad (played by Steve Rushton) is determined to win the hand of the beautiful Princess Pearl (Daniella Piper) and that attempt involves him setting sail aboard the Saucy Sausage on his most dangerous voyage yet – past the Island of the Sirens, and the Plughole of Poseidon to the paradise of Nirvana itself!
No panto is complete without a villain and this villain is Sinistro (Dan De Cruz a New Wolsey regular) who is also determined to win the princess’ hand. There’s ample opportunity for boos and hisses here.
The New Wolsey pantos written by Peter Rowe have always been a little more grown up than other pantos with their multi-talented actor-musician casts. The great thing with Peter Rowe’s pantos is they don’t churn out the same-old-same-old each year. The script this year is, maybe a little more risqué than in previous years … however this is not something that should concern parents of young children as these comments go way over their heads.
There really isn’t a single bad member of the cast…. all so multi-talented. Special standout mentions and moments though include Dan De Cruz’s rendition of Smoke on the Water proves what a terrific rock ’n’ roll voice he has.
For this reviewer however possibly the stand-out moment has to be Lucy Wells and Adam Langstaff (along with some help from Graham Kent as a stagehand) and smoking version of Living on a Prayer… phenomenal vocal performances.
You hear the expression, great fun for all the family alot, but it truly applies to this production.
The only disappointment you will have is if you don’t book soon, tickets are selling fast, with many performances already fully booked.
Sinbad – the Rock ’n’ Roll Panto is at the New Wolsey Theatre until Saturday 28th January 2017
Box Office 01473 295900 – www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
• Review, Mark Keable, Ipswich24 Magazine
• Pictures – Robert Day