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Harry Kemp has great projection, excellent sense of timing and an ability to adlib which makes him a natural comic. I liked the Little Britain “I am a lady” references and the high energy maintained throughout. Alec Stevens’ Long John Silver was also very strong and his enthusiastic rapping as a prelude to Bad very good. Roger and Pugh were a good double act and the combination of the Aye Aye and Spot catch phrases kept the audience on its toes. The air guitar was funny and the truth hat also. Spot the dog added the cuteness factor.
Sally Forth and Long John Silver, played by the “old hands” within the group, were such dominant and strong characters as well as having the majority of the dialogue, that the rest of the cast, somewhat younger perhaps, were a little overshadowed. It will be very interesting to see who steps up and fills the shoes of these faithful and talented servants of Young Expressions. I have no doubt someone will. I also hope that Harry and Alec find another outlet for their talents. There is no shortage of opportunities.
Congratulations to all for another enjoyable pantomime season.
Reviewer – Stewart Adkins
NODA East, District 8