BEWARE OF GREEKS BRINGING GAGS
Where does Kylie get her kebabs? From Jason’s doner van! If that makes you scuttle away in fright, you haven’t but achieved the proper seasonal adaptation to Panto season. Work on it. Sometimes give up is the one manner.
I used to be a bit startled at first by this present – a ridiculous echo of classical Greece (as if we hadn’t simply had a type of as a Prime Minister) . But that’s as a result of I had solely seen Charles Court Opera in additional musically severe, if light-hearted, reveals. But their annual pantos below John Savournin have a eager and hearty following, and judging by final evening’s willingness to snort, clap in time, shout encouragement to Hermes the incompetent deliveryman and take part in a extremely uncommon gameshow, no spoilers, they’re rising extra followers. .
So pull up your Socrates, make no Apollogies, and after an extended festive day struggling spherical your native purchasing Centaur, get pleasure from Stewart Charlesworth’s marvellous multicoloured classical background and daft headgear. Take your internal – or outer – child and wince-along fortunately to the adventures of Penelope and her devoted good friend Trojan the horse as they set out – through the Cyclops – to rescue Odysseus from Circe with out all being became pigs. It’s as if Horrible Histories obtained drunk with the makers of South Park, and enlisted a schoolboy Classic Set who want there was extra within the historic Hellenic canon about farting. Then add songs fortunately based mostly on something from American Pie to Stayin’ Alive and Rasputin.
Actually, it was the songs which fairly quickly gained me spherical; the forged of 5 are all extremely competent belters, however Emily Cairns specifically has a ravishing voice, and ther are one or two quite poignant moments. And to Charybdis you over any doubt, I have to say that Scylla is magnificent. Short, noisy, enjoyable. But hold your Greek associates away from it or they’ll be confirmed of their view that Britain is just too frivolous to hold on to these marbles.
Box workplace jermynstreettheatre.co.uk to 31 dec
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