Dick Whittington & His Cat shows that the age-old tradition of pantomime is not only alive in Oxford but it’s revitalised, re-energised, refreshing and stands a good chance of attracting new audiences into the theatre.
The great thing about the proud tradition of Oxford Playhouse panto is that while cannily aware of the audience’s likely cultural uplift, it has no fear of getting down and dirty with the rackety, popular and downright silly, and a firm grip on local in-jokes.
Flesh & Bone is a delight to behold the entire way through with each scene a snapshot of the daily life of a community that deserves more credit than it gets. It soars as a fantastic ensemble piece that flows and expands the voice of a class group so often misrepresented.
A vital piece of theatre with an important message as well as a whole load of humour, performed with passion and physicality by a talented cast – an entertainingly filthy play that you will not want to miss.