Yes I know it’s still September and we usually don’t want to be reminded of how many days there are left nor the sound of Slade as you’re idly shopping for your bits. Even those gift hamper videos that fill you with regret and feigned intent for the next year may feel premature but it’s coming folks and the proverbial goose is getting fat ( well maybe not as fat as they used to be in the same way that Wagon Wheels can now easily fit in your pocket ) and I for one am looking forward to spending my Christmas at the Epsteins.
This year will be it’s second pantomime season since its refurbishment and under the steady hands of LHK production’s Santa in disguise Lee Kelly, no one will be on the naughty list as he gifts us with his production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Seasoned Theatre producer/director/choreographer Lee has outdone himself in snagging such a Liverpudlian cast in Crissy Rock ( Benidorm), Amanda Harrington ( Desperate Scousewives), Herbet of Liverpool( Celebrity Super Spa) and talented newcomer Laura Gregory. Oh and by the way I’m also claiming ex Hollyoaks Paul Danan as an adopted scouser. Lee’s success last year with Cinderella had undoubtedly left the Epstein with a clear choice to call on him again and his delight was evident:
“To produce something at the Epstein had always been a dream of mine since I first performed here as a 14 year old. I’m really honored to get such a brilliant cast.”
I was lucky enough to catch up with Some of that very cast and in my role of Cultural Champion I was eager to hear their thoughts on what it felt like to be part of the pantomime experience and also their own relationship with the city. First on my list was the Fairy Amanda Harrington;
Being no stranger to both Panto and to living in Liverpool, Prince Charming Paul Danan was keen to tell me his reasons for choosing to return here;
Having been an admirer of one particular cast member for quite some time (I urge to all to watch Ken Loach’s Ladybird Ladybird ) Christmas came early for me as I was fortunate enough to grab Wicked Queen Crissy Rock for a chat about all thing Liverpudlian;
The excitement shared amongst the whole of the cast was obvious to see and none more so than Snow White herself Laura Gregory who amazed us all with an impromptu singing performance showing just how perfect she is for the role. Also noted with certainty having seen him the year before, is that Mike Chapman playing the Dame is worth the ticket money itself . But be warned. You’ll need to bring a nappy ( I’m definitely not making that mistake twice).
Snow White runs from 12 December – 4th January.