A BIT of Dudley was brought to Denmark as dominant dame Granny Annie stole the show in the Jigsaw Players’ Snow Queen pantomime.
Stephen Levett was hilarious in the role, especially during a chocolate bar-themed pun marathon (or should that be Snickers) and the songs The Candy Gran and The Music Gran.
As with all excellent dames, there was plenty of banter with the audience and in particular a ‘nice young man’ from the crowd.
Alison Gregory was superb as The Snow Queen, winding the audience up into plenty of boos and hisses and shouting the banned ‘Global Warning’ phrase at her.
She also had plenty of perfectly timed rhyme-offs with the fantastic Fairy Snowdrop (Phoebe Reading).
Molly Gilday was great as Gerda and there were solid performances by Harrison Daley as Kai, Nathan Levett as Helmut and plenty of laughs for Ab Fab-esque hippy Ziggy, played by Laura Hodgkin.
Another shining star on the evening was very talented Sophie Harper as feisty Frederika – she was the youngest of the ‘season’ sisters and will surely be taking to the stage in even bigger roles in the future.
A shout-out must also be given to the hard-working dancers who performed all their well-choreographed routines impeccably, whether they were fast and furious or slower atmospheric pieces.
With a pantomime world dominated by the Cinderellas, Snow Whites and Jack of the Beanstalks, The Snow Queen was refreshing in that it gave us something different – the packed Trinity Centre can also get very hot during performances and seeing wintry scenes for most of the show helped cool down the crowd.
All in all The Snow Queen had everything you want from a panto – more one-liners than you can can shake an icicle at, plenty of singalong and clapalong pop songs and flurries of audience participation.
There was even a couple of topical gags about the EU, Brexit and the current Chancellor (and local Conservative candidate) for good measure.
This panto may be centred around frozen landscapes but it is guaranteed to give you a warm glow going into the festive season.
The next performances take place on Saturday, November 30, at 1.30pm, 4pm on Sunday, 7pm next Thursday and Friday and the final performance is at 2pm next Saturday, December 7.
Tickets are £11 each, available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07919 505764 or 07772 645722.