Fisher Theatre, Bungay

Fisher Theatre, Bungay

History was made in Bungay on Friday, December 22, as professional pantomime came to the town for the first time.

The Steve Ace production opened a week's run with this traditional fare which children quickly warmed to - booing, hissing, singing and laughing on cue.

The is a small company with a big heart and the show moves along at a good pace, led by Steve Ace himself as Widow Twankey. He is something of a veteran on the panto scene. His expe-rience is evident - he knows what the audience wants, gives it to them and they respond enthusiastically.

Mike Wallis is great as the evil Abanaza who lures the magic lamp from Aladdin, played with great verve and energy by Holly Notcutt. Wallis has worked with Steve Ace for some time and they make a good team.

Lauren Major is the glamorous Genie of the lamp and Paul Amer is Sinbad in a show which is impressively costumed, has colourful scenery and good effects. They all combine to produce an entertaining family show, and Bungay audiences are in for a treat in this historic, intimate theatre which reopened in September after a £1m project to return it to its original use.