Jack and the Beanstalk Review: Blue Genie Entertainment brings a lot of ‘Fee Fi Fo Fun’ to Whitley Bay for Playhouse annual panto.
Written by Charlotte Lightfoot on 5th December 2019
Halloween is long over, Christmas is upon us, which means the festivities may begin and we can enjoy the run up to the best time of the year (ignore the scrooges amongst us!)
Blue Genie Entertainment is back in the Playhouse, Whitley Bay for their eleventh pantomime season with ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’. Local Panto hero, Steve Walls is back for his tenth season at the Playhouse, this year he is joined by Britain’s Got Talent Winner, Ashleigh Butler and Sully, as well as local X Factor star, Molly Scott.
Pantomimes are one of the most popular festive activities done over the Christmas period. With the risqué jokes and childish behaviour, last night’s performance proved pantomimes are for all ages.
In the 15 years I have attended pantomimes, I have never known for an audience to be so loud. Both adults and children were singing along to every relevant pop song used throughout and especially during the traditional, family-favourite Ghostbusters “oh no there wasn’t…”, “oh yes there was!” routine. The audience of all ages were extremely engaging throughout. My seven-month-old cousin couldn’t keep her eyes off the whole show, and we have never seen her dance so hard or so much than we did last night.
A funny opening began with introducing the main characters and dancers as they sang and danced along to ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’, which had boosted the confidence of the audience for a night of fun and laughter. The dancers throughout the show were very well-choreographed as we seen them dance to relevant, well-known pop songs such as: The Climb.First night, second show – the seats were filled and deservedly so. There aren’t many pantomimes that introduce a main character with them walking down the aisle passed the audience, rather than the side stage but that’s what Dame ‘Patsy’ Trott did, hyping us for an audience participated show.
Throughout the panto there was constant engaging with the audience, as well as the traditional pantomime elements, including the Dame picking on a random man at the front and flirting with him throughout. There was nothing subtle about the adult, risqué jokes. One that stood out for me was when King Crumble was asked by Simple Simon if he had been taking his “meds”. The joke was started by King Crumble when he said: “Doctor prescribed me those blue ones”, to which Simple Simon replied: “they do nothing for his love life, but it stops him from rolling out of bed.”
The props and the background settings were fantastic, and the giant was both lifelike and terrifying for the children and adults alike. The acting was incredible, you couldn’t keep your eyes off the performers. The Spice Girls medley at the end however topped the whole show. The audience were out of their seats singing and dancing along to the likes of ‘Stop’ and ‘Wannabe’.The show has also included two quick live performances from Ashleigh Butler and Sully, which would have been adored by any Britain’s Got Talent fan.
Get yourself to this showstopper! The Playhouse should climb straight to the top of your festive to-do-list this panto season.
Visit https://www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk/events/blue-genie-entertainment-presents-jack-the-beanstalk/ for all the information on how to buy your tickets now!