Sinbad The New Rock ‘N’ Roll Panto – Book by Peter Rowe, music by Ben Goddard – New Wolsey Theatre till 28th January 2017.
Sinbad the sailor was one of many stories taken from The Arabian Nights. The original story is all about Sinbad listening to his uncle’s tales and one day hoping to join his uncle, in hope of being a part of his next adventure. After a giant whale attacks the boat, Sinbad ends up on a deserted island. Sinbad, who is separated from his uncle, continues the adventure alone with only Yasmina for company. Then he returns home but his parents are missing so he decides to set out on his own adventure. Could this make a successful pantomime?
The panto wasn’t an exact representation but it did have some of the same elements. The panto was more about the romance between Sinbad and Princess Pearl and if it was true love. The plot also included the journey across the seven seas to the Shrine of Love which was where Scheherezade decided whether their love for each other was true.
The cast was fairly small with only ten adults playing multiple parts and instruments, so the stage director Peter Rowe sensibly made it so not everyone was acting at one time and to have minimal props to make sure there was enough space for everything. The musicians play in the wings when not performing as characters and the change between character and instruments was slick.
The lead character of Sinbad, who is captain of the ‘Saucy Sausage’ and is trying to win the heart of Princess Pearl, was confident and witty and was played with charisma by Steve Rushton. Working well with Daniella Piper as the love of Sinbad, they played a believable romance whilst up against The Caliph of Constantinople, portrayed by the confident and amusing Daniel Carter Hope.
Dame Donna Souvlakia Sinbad was the outgoing, humorous and captivating character who brought the comedy to life and kept the audience laughing. Dame Donna was played by Graham Kent who made the character come to life really well.
The songs used fitted the scenes perfectly and made it more enjoyable and helped move the scenes on. The lights changed when the ‘baddy’ Sinistro came on.
Overall I think the play is suitable for all ages as the humour is cleverly written in a way to capture all age groups and is a light-hearted panto to see. Thoroughly recommended.
Holie Carr – East Bergholt High School