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Dick Whittington and His Cat

Written and Directed by: Paul Johnson
Performed: Fri 21st & 28th January 2011 @ 7.30pm, Sat 22nd & 29th @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sun 23rd and 30th @ 1.00pm and 5.30pm at
St. Anne's Hall, Wandsworth

  Cast Crew

Dick Whittington Panto


Dick Whittington & His Cat
Written and Directed by Paul Johnson

Performed in January 2011 at
St Anne's Hall.


DICK WHITTINGTON

ALDERMAN FITZWARREN

ALICE FITZWARREN

SARAH THE COOK

JACK SIMPLETON

CAPTAIN MAPLIN

BOSUN CROWSON 

THE SPIRIT OF LONDON

TIDDLES the CAT

KING RAT 

STREET TRADER 1, 2 and 3

NEPTUNE 



 

Philippa Heap

Peter Nower

Catherine Fox-Kirk

Keith Barnes

Mark Stannett

Becca Stafford

Rosie Orchard

Beccy Gibson

Emma Stallard

Tom Cane

Harriet Tolkien

Paul Johnson

Assistant Director

Producer

Sound Desk

Stage Manager

Lighting Desk


 


Keith Barnes

Emma Stallard

Ian Pring

Kathryn Young

Jake Flint


 

NODA Review by Tony Sweeney

General
This used the traditional panto format well.  Well-cast and well-written, it was a romp with all the elements firmly in place.  Great use of puns and gags throughout engaged an appreciative and participative audience, ending with dancing in the seats.  This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all including the cast who displayed their versatility, working well as an ensemble and clearly had fun.  This was a gem.

The production also introduced us to four debutants who all performed well; in fact it was not at all evident that they were new to performing, a testament to the group’s ability to find and develop new talent.

Director
Paul Johnson’s direction was clever and innovative, making maximum use of the stage and the actors, which resulted in a pacey and lively show.  This was supported by the choreography of Mark Stannett and Catherine Fox-Kirk, which injected excellent dance and movement throughout.

Stage Management
Given the constraints of a small stage coupled with lots of performers the stage management was flawless.  Entrances and exits worked seamlessly and props were all to hand.  You realized a lot of activity took place behind the scenes to give the panto its overall impact.

Sound
Good acoustics used well throughout. 

Lighting
The basic lighting rig was used well giving atmosphere and tone to the performance.  I particularly liked the moment where through clever lighting a body double was inserted on stage such that it allowed Dick to apparently be in two places at once. 

Set design
Given we had 8 scenes the set was both practical and versatile good use of screens and the curtain to help move the plot on.

Props
There were a variety of props which were well used which fitted seamlessly into the action.  Again this was a facet of good stage management.

Costumes
The costumes were both well designed and in keeping with the panto theme.  The cat costume complete with knee pads worked extremely well.  The OTT aspects of the Dame’s costume again contributed to the performance.

Programme
This was an informative and comprehensive programme which ticked all the boxes in terms of both information and background.  The style was also in keeping with the pantomime feel.

Front of House
The front of house team were welcoming and effective making sure every member of the audience had whatever help they needed. 

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