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Reviews: Live Shows

Tue 4 Dec, 2012
By Robert Ingham


full of flamboyance, filth and hot-blooded frivolity

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It’s December, it will allegedly be the coldest winter for 100 years, and Adult Panto season has returned. And whilst it might be cold outside, things are getting steamy at the Leicester Square Theatre. Oh yes it is!

So it is with pleasure to announce this intimate venue has begun its run of ‘Dick!’, a stupidly entertaining and naughty reworking of Dick Wittington, where no audience member is safe from the debauched and raucous cast.



Proceedings are overseen by Fairy Bell-End (Laura Hyde) who wants to spread joy around Soho Ho, and who introduces the oversexed and highly endowed Dick (Gary Albert Hughes) and his trusted cat, Dave (Nathaniel Tapley). Dick is on his way to London to find fame, fortune and friends with benefits, but on the way he meets and falls head over heels for Alice (Rae Brogan), the chavvy niece to the pantomime Dame, Sofonda Cox (The Very Dusty ‘O’). Dick wants Alice every which way including loose, but Alice has been limited by a chastity belt her father has put on her. Yet after finding a map containing directions to hidden treasure and the family jewels – and a key to the chastity belt – they head off on the hunt, all under the watchful and wicked eyes of the evil Queen Runt (Lucyelle Cliffe).

A ludicrous plot for a ludicrous panto – but that’s the whole point. You want to forget all the plot lines in your own life and get as far removed as you can – and it’s fair to say that is exactly what you get with ‘Dick!’

From the moment Fairy Bell-End arrives on her Boris scooter, the jokes come thick and fast, treating you to an evening of groans and belly aches from an energetic cast who run around with gay abandon. Nathaniel Tapley is an absolute joy to watch as the cat who guzzles a never-ending supply of martini. He even looks feline. Gary Albert Hughes is the wonderfully over-the-top swashbuckling horn-bucket, Dick. Rae Brogan is hysterically funny as Alice, the ‘yoof’, and her rap is inspired. Top marks to Lucyelle Cliffe as Queen Runt, who is jaw-droppingly good, playing the role of evil queen with absolute glee. Plus the Very Dusty ‘O’ simultaneously channels Margaret Thatcher, Hyacinth Bucket and Joan Crawford from ‘Mommie Dearest’ in a superb west end debut, and hysterically floors the audience with a simple flick of her hand and facial expressions.

All in all, this is one panto I would highly recommend you see. It is full of flamboyance, filth and hot-blooded frivolity that will leave you gasping for air and your sides splitting. Absolutely everything you want from an adult. Just be aware – audience participation is mandatory, especially if you are on the front row, so just sit back, relax and get ready to laugh out loud for an hour and a half of pure unadulterated panto fun.

‘Dick!’ is playing at the Leicester Square Theatre until Sunday 20th January.

Proceedings are overseen by Fairy Bell-End (Laura Hyde) who wants to spread joy around Soho Ho, and who introduces the oversexed and highly endowed Dick (Gary Albert Hughes) and his trusted cat, Dave (Nathaniel Tapley). Dick is on his way to London to find fame, fortune and friends with benefits, but on the way he meets, and falls head over heels for, Alice (Rae Brogan), who is niece to the pantomime Dame, Sofonda Cox (The Very Dusty ‘O’). Dick wants Alice every which way including loose, but Alice has been limited by a chastity belt her father has put on her. Yet after finding a map containing directions to hidden treasure and the family jewels – and a key to the chastity belt – they all head off in search of it, all under the watchful and wicked eyes of the evil Queen Runt (Lucyelle Cliffe).

A ludicrous plot for a ludicrous panto – but isn’t that the whole point of them? You want to check out of all the plot lines in your own life and get as far removed as you can. And it’s fair to say that is exactly what you get with ‘Dick!’

From the moment Fairy Bell-End arrives on her Boris scooter, the jokes come thick and fast, treating you to an evening of groans and belly laughs from an energetic cast who run around the intimate venue with gay abandon. Nathaniel Tapley is an absolute joy to watch as the cat who guzzles a never-ending supply of martini. He even looks feline. Gary Albert Hughes is the wonderfully over-the-top swashbuckling horn-bucket, Dick. Rae Brogan is hysterically funny as Alice, the ‘yoof’, and her rap is inspired. Lucyelle Cliffe as Queen Runt is jaw-droppingly good, playing her part as the evil queen with absolute glee, and with a stunning voice. And the Very Dusty ‘O’ simultaneously channels Margaret Thatcher, Hyacinth Bucket and Joan Crawford from ‘Mommie Dearest’ in a superb west end debut, who hysterically floors the audience with a simple flick of her hand or a facial expression.

All in all, this is one panto I would highly recommend you see. It is full of flamboyance, filth and hot-blooded frivolity that will leave you gasping for air and your sides splitting. Absolutely everything you want from a panto like this. Just be aware – audience participation is mandatory, especially if you are on the front row, so just sit back, relax and get ready to laugh out loud for an hour and a half of pure unadulterated panto fun.

‘Dick!’ is playing at the Leicester Square Theatre until Sunday 20th January.

 

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