Could Be the Fairest and Funniest Panto of Them All; Heroes and Villains: Linda Martin as Queen Malaria and Michele McGrath as Snow White

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Could Be the Fairest and Funniest Panto of Them All; Heroes and Villains: Linda Martin as Queen Malaria and Michele McGrath as Snow White


Byline: JOHN MCKEOWN

Snow White (Liberty Hall)

Verdict: Two remarkable star turns make for pantomime brilliance *****

THE opening minutes of this Cheerios / Anthem production of Snow White, billedas Irelands funniest panto, was far from promising , but then Sammy Sausages(Alan Hughes) pedalled madly on stage and the whole thing exploded into life.

Most pantos tend to have just one comic big-hitter who can hold the audience inthe palm of his or her hand. Snow White, however, has two, Sammy and Buffy (JoeConlon). And Buffys eye-blisteringly bright drag outfits alone are worth theticket price.

Sammy is one of the wicked Queen Malarias (Linda Martin) head servants, incontinual danger of having his head chopped off. The risks increase when Buffygets the job as the queens dresser and both side with her stepdaughter, SnowWhite, in her attempts to escape into the arms of Prince Troy (Kyle Kennedy)and live happily ever after.

Queen Malaria is so noxious that everyone is against her, including Gordon theGuard (Kevin Hynes) and the famous talking mirror, which actively helps therebels in the ranks to scupper her evil plans.

Thanks primarily to Buffyor, to use her full name, Buffy Chanel, sister of the great Coco Chanel (Shestole my perfumes, Chanel No. 5 was Buffy No. 4)and Sammy, the trail to the inevitable Happy Ever After moment is packed withhilarity.

These two veterans have to be the perfect panto double-act. Theyre so at easewith each other that when Hughes forgets his lines and Conlon helps him outeventuallyits one of the high points of the show. They could throw away the script andad-lib their way to nine oclock. …

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