Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp
Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
> Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
Well, it began promisingly enough with a very Rank Films man with a gong opening the first act.
Although the Lowestoft Players are amateurs, we have come to expect quality semi-professional shows.
Sadly, Aladdin isn't one of them. The jokes fell flat and are worse than those found in Christmas crackers, and the sound levels were all over the place – either too loud or singers sounding as if they were inside a container.
The first act truly made me wish it was "all behind me", yet to quote another cliché, it's like the curate's egg – "good in parts".
And the good parts turned out to be excellent – especially the second half of the show.
- 1 Screams of daughter run over by her dad heard by murder jury
- 2 Vehicles worth £50k stolen from Royal Norfolk Show
- 3 New fishing tackle shop has 'amazing opening day'
- 4 Couple who transformed old mill into unique new home put it up for sale
- 5 New headteacher appointed at village high school
- 6 Plans for 13 new homes near historic former railway line
- 7 Former professional dressage rider died in four-vehicle motorcycle crash
- 8 Primary school left without governors after mass walkout
- 9 Man killed 96-year-old bystander in road rage crash
- 10 Some of the best pictures from day two of the Royal Norfolk Show
The best scenes were Widow Twanky and Wishee Washee's Mayhem at the Wheel and the Magic Flying Carpet Ride, which worked exceptionally well.
The best laugh of the evening – the unveiling of Justin Hawkins, lead singer of the Darkness, as the new statue in Lowestoft's Station Square – came in that scene.
The whole cast put in creditable performances with On the Beach and Summer Holiday.
Special praise goes to the youngsters of Wishee's gang, especially the tiniest, who sang and danced their hearts out.