Bath Unity Players, Kingswood School Theatre, Bath. December 2013.


Philip Horton reports :


Lucky for Unity Payers, this years pantomime is performed at Kingswood Theatre, probably the best theatre space in Bath other than the Theatre Royal.

There’s a huge and hugely enthusiastic cast, including young dancers from the Curtis School of Dancers. Far too many to credit in this review but, as in most pantos, the dame gets the biggest part with the best jokes. Ian Cowie, as Margarita Juicilita, makes a great dame getting good support from Sam Kelly as Nutty Nick, his idiot son.

Not that the audience needed any encouragement to be involved, but this pair with ad-libs, mistakes and sweets often have the young theatregoers on their feet and shouting for more.

It’s a pirate tale about treasure, set in Brazil with, appropriately enough for pirates, many movies and musicals plundered for their most memorable parts.

Plenty of song and dance then, even Vera Lynn gets a look in with, “Whale meat again,” sung for supper. A reference some younger patrons probably missed.

As from previous year’s productions, there’s a terrific digital effects backdrop which certainly was appreciated by the youthful element plus an amazing number of colourful costumes.

The cast obviously enjoyed doing it, and the audience clearly enjoyed watching and joining in. What else could you want in a pantomime?