Jack and the Beanstalk, Gorleston

STEPHEN PULLINGER Steve Ace returns to the theatre to play a colourful Dame Trott leading a small cast in an unashamedly modest production.

STEPHEN PULLINGER

The story takes some unusual twists in this production.

Steve Ace returns to the theatre to play a colourful Dame Trott leading a small cast in an unashamedly modest production.

But the enthusiastic response of the younger members of the audience at Sunday's first night is proof that it still captures the magic of panto.

Emma Clare, as Jack, provides the musical interest, displaying her powerful voice in such numbers as Holding Out For A Hero and That's What Friends Are For.

The zany antics of Gavin Dean's Simple Simon proved a big hit with the youngsters, who laugh at him as freely as they boo Fleshcreep, the giant servant, played by Mike Wallis. Mike, acclaimed in Aladdin last year, convincingly plays the role of a panto baddie who really has a heart of gold.

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The verdict of five-year old Paige – brilliant! – sums up the views of the people who really matter.

But for adults, the low budget nature of the production, with its two dancers and unimaginative sets, could be disappointing.

Still, if you live locally, the intimate Pavilion Theatre is still worth a visit over the festive period.

t For information on performances, matinees and evening shows, ring the box office on 01493 662832.

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