Despite moments of joy, Sleeping Beauty is a patchwork of cliches and parody
- Lorna Irvine
- 15 December 2017
Kings Theatre panto doesn't lift off
Not so much a traditional pantomime as a sewn together patchwork of bizarre turns, the Kings new production doesn't really stick to the storyline of the cursed girl and the kiss from a handsome prince that wakes her, perhaps in the wake of recent controversy, where teachers are refusing to teach the much loved fairytale. Alan McHugh, usually a confident writer, instead opts to let the guest stars - veteran actor Elaine C Smith, with a big voice and not a little cheek, and Johnny Mac, all un-PC gags which are hit and miss – do their comic schtick, with plenty of awkward audience interaction.
It doesn't really sustain the long running time. Scenes including a Dunoon country and western joint, and a series of visual gags parodying Scots cliches, seem out of context and go on too long, stretched beyond credibility. The weak structure becomes apparent in the wake of moments of real joy (Smith's Adele homage, the flying car, some audacious slapstick) rendering it a little hollow. Still, Juliet Cadzow is a slinky, haughty villain with real class as Carabosse and Paul-James Corrigan a fun, wide Slimeball, her scheming son who is looking for a chance to stand tall.
Kings Theatre until Sun 7 Jan.