Review of the Puss in Boots Pantomime at Hoxton Hall, January 2018 . By Sian Carlisle.
Pantomime is not just for Christmas! The Dugdale’s Easter pantomime is returning for the third year running and this time it’s Puss in Boots!
The light-hearted family show promises laughter, singing, dancing and plenty of audience participation. It is brought to you by the same creative team behind the previous Easter pantomimes and also the Christmas pantomimes at the Millfield Theatre.
I took my children aged 3 and 6 years old to see the show during its Christmas run at East London’s Hoxton Hall and we can safely say that Enfield viewers are in for a treat!
Based on the lesser known fairy-tale of the same name, Puss in Boots tells the story of poor Colin who has been left penniless after his father dies. He inherits just a tabby cat named Puss. Fortunately, Puss is a sort of Fairy Godmother, though blessed with cunning not magic. She has a big plan to help Colin turn his fortune around. It involves Colin marrying Princess Alice (handily, the pair have already met and taken a shine to each other) and for Puss to trick the Ogre into giving up his palace so Colin can claim it. Queen Doris (the classic Pantomime Dame) and Igor the ogre’s henchman (BOOOOO) try to hilariously get in the way but is no match for Puss.
All of the classic pantomime sayings such as “It’s behind you!” and “Oh no it isn’t!” make an appearance. Writer and director Marc Day does have a unique pantomime style and the ruse where one by one a character is taken away by a ghost during a dance routine (which appears behind them obviously) features here too. There is an audience rousing round of “If I were not upon the stage” which you can’t help but join in with. There are plenty of other opportunities for the audience to get involved too, somewhat reluctantly for the grown-ups but something the kids usually love to do - mine certainly did, especially with the dancing fun.
The show is aimed at families with children aged 3 and over and has a running time of 100 minutes including an interval. It is a smaller and shorter production that a usual pantomime (the Christmas ones at the Millfield Theatre are around 150 minutes long) making it a great opportunity to introduce small children to the pantomime tradition.
Puss in Boots runs at Enfield’s The Dugdale from Wednesday 28th March - Sunday 15th April 2018. You can book your tickets here.
Sian is an Enfield based mum who loves finding local family friendly things to see and do. She blogs atwww.huemehappy.com.