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REVIEW: Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

PUBLISHED: 15:21 29 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:08 06 July 2010

STEPHEN Wilson gave a cracking performance as Widow Twankey in the Lowestoft Players amateur dramatic group's production of Aladdin at the Marina Theatre, in Lowestoft, on Saturday.

REVIEW

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

The Lowestoft Players

Marina Theatre

Lowestoft

STEPHEN Wilson gave a cracking performance as Widow Twankey in the Lowestoft Players amateur dramatic group's production of Aladdin at the Marina Theatre, in Lowestoft, on Saturday.

As usual the quality of their set and costumes outshone some professional shows and the cast put in a spirited, enthusiastic performance of the song and dance routines. Royal guards Flip (Liam Gentry) and Flop (Lee Nevill) worked particularly hard - unfortunately Gentry gabbled his early lines making the punch lines unintelligible, leaving it to Nevill to salvage the jokes as best he could. Thankfully nerves were controlled in the second half when the performance improved beyond recognition.

Solid performances were given by the leads Stephen Clark as Aladdin and Lauren Major as Princess Jasmina. The evil Abanaza (Paul Ashby) earned his boo's but the real stars of the show include Pat Cregan, who was superb as the helper of the Slave of the Ring and John Marjoram as Wishee Washee whose performances along with Stephen Wilson as Widow Twankey were the high points of the show.

Jordan the camel (Louise Connolly and John Kingston) made a welcome change to the usual pantomime horse, quickly endearing herself to the children.

The sound balance problems in the first half of the show meant that we were almost blasted out of our seats and the performers voices drowned out by the music - thankfully this was almost conquered after the interval, although many of us were left with ringing ears. Once these sound gremlins have been sorted out this panto looks set to be one of the Players' best.

There are just four more chances to see Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, culminating with a matinee on Sunday afternoon. For tickets call the Marina box office on 01502 533200.

Rhonda Deal

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