Multistarz - The Pied Piper

13th – 14th December. Devonport Playhouse

After seeing a fair few pantomimes I have found that each one has something new to offer and it’s simply not something you can get bored of.

The Pied Piper was no exception with plenty of laughs and the usual cheesy, enthusiastic acting required during the festive season.  

The show opened with a funky version of Zipp-a-dee-doo-dah that got everyone in the mood for what was to follow. We were then introduced to ‘slow on the uptake’ Officer Kupcake (David Parish) who did well not to laugh at his own stupidity. Everyone else certainly did.

The Pied Piper, Maximillian (Marc Trevaskus) enchanted the audience as well as the children. He also got rid of the Army of Rats who were suitably horrible and did a good job of scaring the Dame and Villagers. 

The two mischievous boys Gussie (Jack Mansfield) and Willy (Kieron Gardner) were both causing trouble with their jokes and cheekiness. Gussie made plenty of noise with his unusual version of Silent Night featuring a bass drum. While Willy outsmarted Officer Kupcake many times and had a lot of fun doing it.  

I wouldn’t be able to write a panto review without mentioning the Dame. In this case it was Dame Dolly Teasel (Danny Town) who took us through the evening and sang a lovely rendition of Keep Young and Beautiful.

Some of the singing needs a little work and there should have been a touch more pace to the performance. Overall it was a humorous and fun performance. 

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