Review: Mother Goose at Preston Playhouse

Posted on - 27th December, 2013 - 11:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Opinion, Reviews
Mother Goose programme

Mother Goose programme

Well this was the first piece of work I have seen by this society and I have to say they did well.


They presented a festive piece with all the classic panto gags from leg slapping to ‘it’s behind you’.

The gag that always makes me cringe is when children are asked on stage and then they sing, they all get a prize, bar one and the audience always winces.

We are then not sure whether the child will cope with the solo pressure or not. But the little girl did well.

Silly Billy was great with the children and audience participation. Billy was played by Michael Phelan.

One of my favourite performances was the lead ‘Mother Goose’. The performer had a good energy and humour to the role. Brilliant comedy timing and asides to the audience. Well done to Peter Taylor.

The principal boy, Colin, was also a pleasant surprise. This role was played by Lucy-Ella Smith. She had a belting voice and I hope we see more of her if she progresses into the performance industry.

Fairy Fortune was played by Philippa Garlington, who gave a focused performance.

The Amanda Rogers school of dance students did really well and showed great potential.  More facial expression and emotion was needed but they had a nice energy to the dances. Well done to them.

I would give the performance 3 stars.

I will look forward to the society’s production of Annie in April at Preston’s Charter Theatre.

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