Jack and The Beanstalk at the GaietyPosted: 16.12.2009
It’s been a long time since I last went to a panto – in a bizarre coincidence it was also to see Jack And The Beanstalk at the Gaiety . My expectations were thus very high – to beat the memories of an overexcited child high on sugar and Christmas is a mean feat. However as I ran up Grafton street, late as always, I couldn’t deny the flutter of excitement in my stomach. Pantos are so festive and traditional, they really do hark the start of the Christmas season. When finally seated, I was whisked away into the most fantastic fantasy world you could imagine. This year seemed more sequinned, extravagant and mind blowing than I remembered. Perhaps it was a reaction to all the recessionary doom and gloom that seems to have embedded itself within our collective consciousness, but the costumes seemed even more elaborate than in past years and the gigantic, extendable beanstalk which towered above the stage was truly impressive, as were the elaborate displays of pyrotechnics, which were deployed with gratifying frequency. With enough rude jokes and political jabs to keep the older audience entertained (although personally, I find Daisy the farting cow just as successful in making me laugh), this pantomime succeeded on many levels. Highlights were definitely the wonderfully vile villain Fleshcreep, who succeeded in raising almost vitriolic quantities of hatred amongst the children, and Dame Sprat, whose manly voice and crazy costumes seriously have to be seen to be believed.