Puss in Boots

3
Thu, 22nd Dec 16
Seen at the Drayton Arms Theatre.

The Drayton Arms Theatre in SW5 is a firm favourite of mine with its reputation for delivering a mix of new writing, quirky productions and new takes on old classics. So I was delighted to see a pantomime featuring as part of its programming,

Puss in Boots is presented by Fat Rascal Theatre as an ‘alternative’ panto. Now, I’ll be honest, I have issues with ‘alternative’. For me, it’s as indifferent as ‘different’; as uninteresting as ‘interesting’. It doesn’t tell the audience anything other than the production is probably going to try and shock us, is going to be too clever for its own good or both. To be fair to Fat Rascal, as the programme notes state ‘who actually knows the story of Puss in Boots?’ So, I guess you could argue that the company has nothing to lose with this pitch.

The story itself, which is written, narrated and sung by the excellent Robyn Grant, is clever, witty and delivers on satire and entendres. Admittedly mostly single entendres but what’s a girl to do with Puss? But I would question the over-use of the C-bomb. Don’t get me wrong, ironically, I like a c**t as much as the next person. But simply shouting the word is neither clever nor funny.

Songs and musical interludes are well delivered and woven neatly into the intricate plot-line and props and set are used to good effect. I would have liked to have seen the whole thing played further up stage though as too much of the actors’ work is lost to shadows.

There are strong performances from Phoebe Batteson-Brown, a deliciously ditzy Princess Fififi and a convincingly butch Paul, and Allie Munro – a glorious hybrid of Mel and Sue – as Colin. With a C. Unfortunately our eponymous heroine, played by Rosie Raven, provides such a hard-nosed interpretation of Puss that the audience on the night I watched the show was clearly left cold. Engagement is key in panto, a fact that seemed lost on the night for this particular actor. Katie Wells as King George/Barry suffers a similar fate.

Puss in Boots certainly has its moments but despite the excellent writing these are too few and far between for the show to be truly coherent. The show is (cat) littered with inconsistencies that lead me to believe that the ‘alternative’ aspect of this production has more to do with the genre of pantomime itself than the story.

Daryl Bennett


Search Reviews/News


Newsletter

Email*
Captcha*

Find us on-line

Facebook
SeatChoice page
Twitter
SeatChoice tweets
Android
The UKTW Android App for listings and information on the move
Wordpress Plugin
The UKTW Wordpress Plugin is now available so that you can add links and widgets easily to Wordpress sites
Linked-In
UKTW company page and Robert Iles
Google+
UKTW
Blog/Website
SeatChoice and Robert's personal
tumblr
UKTW tumblr page
rss
SeatChoice and UKTW

Latest News & Reviews

26th Jul 17 :: No more fees
BoV scraps ticket booking fees
8th Jul 17 :: Review: He Shoots, He Scores!
Seen at Above the Stag
4
6th Jul 17 :: Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Not so much a review as that would need to contain spoilers .. more a personal reaction
5
4th Jul 17 :: Review: Dirty Dancing
Seen on tour at the Bristol Hippodrome.
2
20th Jun 17 :: Review: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Touring production seen in Bristol
3
16th Jun 17 :: Review: Hamlet
Robert Icke's production at the Harold Pinter (previously at the Almeida).
5
14th Jun 17 :: Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A more detailed review of the current touring production.
4
14th Jun 17 :: Review: Julius Caesar
Bristol Old Vic production
3
13th Jun 17 :: Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Brief review of the touring production seen in Bristol
4
5th Jun 17 :: Review: Grease
Current touring production seen in Bristol.
2
1st Jun 17 :: Review: Gangsta Granny
Touring show of David Walliams' book.
5
11th May 17 :: Review: Medea
New version at the Bristol Old Vic
4
9th May 17 :: Review: Wonderland
The touring new musical based on Alice.
5
8th May 17 :: Review: Birds of Paradise
UK premiere at the Drayton Arms Theatre.
3
4th May 17 :: Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joe McElderry touring in Joseph.
5
25th Apr 17 :: Review: Lord of the Dance
Michael Flatley's touring Irish dance show.
2
18th Apr 17 :: Shout! Cancels
Tour cancelled
7th Apr 17 :: Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Smith dies aged 70.
7th Apr 17 :: New Theatre to Open
Ladbrook Grove, London, to get a new theatre.
6th Apr 17 :: Review: The Messiah
A semi-staged interpretation of Handel's masterpiece.
5

Most Popular Stories

8th Jul 17 :: Review: He Shoots, He Scores!
Seen at Above the Stag
20th Jun 17 :: Review: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Touring production seen in Bristol
14th Jun 17 :: Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A more detailed review of the current touring production.
6th Jul 17 :: Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Not so much a review as that would need to contain spoilers .. more a personal reaction
13th Jun 17 :: Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Brief review of the touring production seen in Bristol
14th Jun 17 :: Review: Julius Caesar
Bristol Old Vic production
5th Jun 17 :: Review: Grease
Current touring production seen in Bristol.
16th Jun 17 :: Review: Hamlet
Robert Icke's production at the Harold Pinter (previously at the Almeida).
4th Jul 17 :: Review: Dirty Dancing
Seen on tour at the Bristol Hippodrome.
1st Jun 17 :: Review: Gangsta Granny
Touring show of David Walliams' book.

SeatChoice Blog

New technique for visually impaired theatregoers?
Blind and visually impaired theatregoers could benefit from a new project where music is used to convey information and mood.
2017 Eddies
Drayton Arms Theatre announces annual Eddies Award for theatre companies performing at the Edinburgh Fringe
Theatre Book Prize Winner
The winner of this year’s Theatre Book Prize is announced.
Reviewer Ponderings
Another step in pushing reviewers to the sidelines.
Open Auditions Website
New free website for audition calls.
Famous Theatre Bookshop to close
Samuel French are to close their Fitzroy Street store.
UK's First "Revolving Theatre"
A major performance venue, with a revolving auditorium, will be at the heart of regeneration plans for Liverpool’s new creative district.
Digital Theatre+ and The Stage launch Theatre Lives
Digital Theatre+ and The Stage launch Theatre Lives: a new series of filmed conversations with legendary performers and theatre-makers
The Eddies 2016
Drayton Arms Theatre announces a new award for theatre companies performing at the Edinburgh Fringe

SeatChoice theatre blog»

© UK Theatre Web, UK
1995-2017
Developed and Maintained by RMJIoldGoogle+ Author
Tickets by SeatChoice
Listings powered by Dynamic Listing Ltd

UK Theatre Sites Cookies in Use