The Night Before Christms
RICHARD PARR Fakenham Community Centre
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And now, as they say, for something completely different.
FALDOS (the Fakenham and District Light Operatic Society) have moved away from traditional panto for their seasonal offering and opted for a script by the famous Chicken Shed Theatre Company.
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Whether moving away from the more familiar traditional formula is the right decision remains to be seen in audience numbers, but at Tuesday's opening night there were a few gremlins in the technical department, leading to a delayed start and a completely failed hi-tech screen image sequence.
It all seemed rather a mish-mash to me as we followed the children (a well-rehearsed group) on their magical journey on a flying sofa that eventually leads them to Snow Land and thawing the icy Queen's heart.
- 1 Travellers camped at garden centre car park
- 2 Ex-head charged with sex attacks on boys at Norfolk school
- 3 'An insult to the city': Couple ditch 'hellhole' hotel after 45 minutes
- 4 Long delays due to overturned lorry on A47/A11 Thickthorn roundabout
- 5 'It's not even that short' - schoolboy, 14, put in isolation due to haircut
- 6 Tattoo studio owner fined after refusing to close in lockdown
- 7 James Bond themed windmill owned by 007 star for rent
- 8 Elton John to kick off UK leg of farewell tour at Carrow Road
- 9 Norwich City drop huge hint of global star gig at Carrow Road
- 10 RSPCA shop loses more than £1,000 after 'slamming scam'
There were some notable performances – Jackie Overton as Aunt, Anthony Boesen and Ben Francis as the camp Ugly Sisters, Tony Lord as Bob Cratchit and Linda Tree's Mrs Cratchit. Clair Reynolds, as the Snow Queen, had a strong singing voice, but the songs were unmemorable.
The show is on at the community centre until Saturday, December 11, with performances that day at 11am, 2.30pm and at 7.30pm.