“Oh No, We’re Not..!”

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Oh yes, we are! β€” we’re at the Panto! πŸ‘

Milton Keynes was our destination today, together with Jo, Janet & Carol for this year’s offering – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The last time we were in ‘Panto Mode’ was (also) in MK last January to see Jack and the Beanstalk in 2022, starring Ashley Banjo. On that occasion, the performance, although very enjoyable, was hampered by Covid and consequently, a distinct lack of cast.

No issues at all this year, where familiar faces: Lesley Joseph, (Judge) Rob Rinder and Paul Chuckle plus comedian/impressionist/singer Aaron James, singers/actors Dale Mathurin and Charlotte Haines were ready and waiting to get us in the Panto mood.

Our first visit – cracking good service and delicious food!

After a spot of lunch at nearby Taipan Chinese Restaurant, we took our seats at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Β© MK Theatre Group

It looks like it would be a full house judging by the sheer number of people inside (and queuing outside).

By the time the curtain went up at just after 2.30pm, there were just a handful of empty seats left – a good sign surely! πŸ˜€

Any good?

Getting ready to laugh out loud (literally!)

It was a thoroughly entertaining performance. The audience were onside pretty much from the off, and as Act 1 got underway, both kids and adults were soon competing with who was laughing the most. Forget the storyline, as it hardly mattered, simply providing a framework for a continuous stream of typical panto-humour that clearly delighted everyone there – us included! In fact, delighted, was probably an understatement, as I don’t think we’ve laughed so much, and so often, in ages! 😁😁

All-in-all then, a thoroughly well-rehearsed, professionally delivered show. The cast looked like they were enjoying it as much as we were too! Hard to pick a standout moment but for me, ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’; ‘the sword & cucumber’ sketches; and the ‘Spanish’ gags (Q: ‘What do you call a Spaniard who’s lost his vehicle?’ A; ‘Carlos’/Q: ‘What do you call a Spaniard who’s just left hospital?’ A: ‘Manuel’). Yes, c’mon, it’s Panto so drop your quality threshold!!!! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

Their final performance is tomorrow and next year’s production is Cinderella.

What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon! πŸ‘. Thanks for organising things Janet! Pity about the weather home though – the familiar torrential rain that reminded us of our time away for the new year! 😲😲 – thanks for doing the driving Jo.

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