ALISON CROOSE Downham Market Town Hall
Just when the winter blues are taking hold, up pops Downham Amateur Dramatic Society (Dads) with an evening of family fun.
Pantomime is associated with the season of good will, but on a cold, wet January night the corny jokes were a welcome tonic.
The Dads provided a good night out for all the family and the vociferous audience participation proved the entertainment value of the show.
Central to the action was the lovable Priscilla, the magic goose endearingly played by Cath Duhig, whose mime achieved great impact. Elaine Johnson had the strength for the key role of Mother Goose, while Wendy Papworth quickly established a rapport with the audience in her energetic portrayal of Silly Billy.
The Demon Discontent (Peter Duhig) was the character the audience loved to hate in his confrontations with Fairy Happiness (Gina Borley). Adding strength were the bailiffs (John Roust and Steve Harper), Colin (Kathy Philipot) and Jill (Charlotte Barber).
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Jan Roust directed and the Dads kept their reputation for colourful costumes, imaginative sets and impressive special effects.