Potted Panto at Southwark Playhouse

‘Make sure you see it’: POTTED PANTO – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★

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Southwark Playhouse – until 11 January 2020

A potted panto.
Concise critique required.
A haiku review.

Just eighty minutes.
Seven classic pantomimes
at Southwark Playhouse.

A cast of two (ish).
Jeff plays all the title roles
until he doesn’t.

Dan plays the villains.
The handsome prince? Dan as well.
And of course the Dame.

An egg-laying moose.
Cinders’ Fairy Godchicken.
They’re played by Dan too!

Which pantos are in?
Dan thinks there are 12 classics.
Just six on Jeff’s list.

Jack and the Beanstalk.
It starts off traditional
but Jack eats the beans.

Then on comes a Dick.
Or is he Boris Johnson?
Oh no he isn’t!

Time for princesses.
Snow White then Sleeping Beauty.
Both snogged back to life.

Cinderella’s prince
almost weds Princess Richard.
(An audience bloke.)

3D carriage ride.
Audience interaction.
Bucket full of poo.

Interval ice cream.
(Mummy had a prosecco.)
Then on with the show.

But first a recap.
Everything that went before.
In case we forgot.

Potted potted first.
Potted, potted potted, then…..
Quadruple potted.

Panto number six.
And also number seven.
But what will it be?

Jeff wants Aladdin.
Dan wants A Christmas Carol.
We get a hybrid.

Ebeneezer Scrooge.
Or is he Abanazar?
Get your hot chestnuts.

Panto finale.
Traditional singalong.
Bows, clapping, home time.

So what did we think?
All the best bits of panto.
We’d recommend it.

Do you love panto?
This is the panto for you.
Make sure you see it.

Do you hate panto?
You’ll probably like it too.
And if not, it’s short……

RATING: Raindrops, Whiskers, Kettles, Mittens & Brown Paper Packages (aka all 5 of my favourite things).

Potted Panto is playing at the Southwark Playhouse from 5 December 2019 to 11 January 2020.

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The Family Stage is a blog following the lives of two musical mad mums who are attempting to sustain their theatregoing habit after adopting two little girls. Born out of Mummy’s indecision over whether to become a theatre blogger or mummy blogger, it attempts to straddle the boundary between the two worlds. But with family life revolving around extracurricular activities of the performing arts variety, and weekends filled with family theatre, Mummy finds that her musings remain distinctly stagey. When the munchkins are in bed, Mummy and Mrs Mummy take it in turns to go to grown-up shows, ensuring that they have something to talk about besides children.

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