Cast: Natasha Hamilton, Sean Smith, Jordan Davies, Mark Byron, Michael Chapman, Lewis Pryor, Lesley Butler, Tom Burroughs.
The Christmas pantomime, one of the great cornerstones of life and nowhere in the world really captures the point or the reason of it as much as the British, it takes sheer guts to perform so many shows to an audience to whom many are arguably having their first taste of theatre, of the slapstick fun that is at times extraordinarily paced and presented and the fun that goes with it. It is the possibly the finest of traditions and Aladdin at the Epstein Theatre is no different and one that is all too enjoyable, no matter the age of the person in the seat.
Cast: James Hill, Georgia Austin, Debi Jones, Ricky Tomlinson, Tom Burroughs, Michael Chapman, Olivia Horton, Lewis Pryor.
The world is a pantomime at times, someone will always play the villain, someone the dame and there will always be some commotion going on requiring the services of a Prince Charming or at the very least a jester; the world is a pantomime and each person plays the roles laid down to get the maximum laughs possible.
Cast: Calum Best, Alison Crawford, Beryl Marsden, Michael Chapman, Tom Burroughs, Lesley Butler, Chris Barton, Lewis Pryor.
The Ugly Sisters are running amuck at Hard-Up Hall, the evil step-mother has all under her spell and Buttons is infatuated with the most beautiful girl in all the land, things are never simple in Panto land and for Cinderella, the day is one where her life gets turned upside down and the story of her rags to riches existence becomes a tale of woe banished by charm.
It is said that the profession that feels closest to the act of death is writing, the long lonely hours, the solitude, the feeling of other worldly existence and the remarkable pain and suffering that goes unconsciously with it, it can be seen as shaking hands with the great beyond, stepping into the light that comes with modern laptops.
Cast: Tom Burroughs, John Doull, Gary Cain, Will Matthews.
Just who are the greatest ever fictional detectives? Or perhaps rather, who are the greatest detectives who could give the criminal element a run for their money when it comes to the game. In The Unthinkable Mystery of The Indigo Star, written by Ed Bixterand directed by Suzy Walker, the game is, as Sherlock Holmes said, “a foot”.
Three men on a train out of Paris; all asked by their Government to investigate the death of Sherlock Holmes and the disappearance of the world famous Indigo Star jewel, surely only Hercule Poirot, Inspector Maigret and Chief Inspector Clouseau can crack the case?
Gambolling Arena return to the Unity Theatre with a comic thriller, written by Liverpool writer Ed Bixter between September 11th and September 13th.
The Unthinkable Mystery of the Indigo Star features three of fiction’s most celebrated detectives: Jules Maigret, Jacques Clouseau and Hercule Poirot, on the hunt for a missing jewel and the murderer of Sherlock Holmes. As the sinister plot unfolds, onboard the Orient Express between Paris and Venice, it becomes clear that their lives – or worse, their reputations – hang in the balance.