Aladdin at the Webster, A festive treat perfect for the whole family

Originally published in the Arbroath Herald – December 2018

There’s nothing quite like a panto come Christmas time – oh no there’s not! And over the years, the Webster Theatre has gained a reputation for producing a stellar festive show which is guaranteed to entertain the whole family.

Thankfully this year’s production Aladdin is no exception. Filled with fun and frolics, goodies, baddies, brilliant songs, fantastic dance routines and laughs aplenty, this pantomime has everything an audience could possibly want and much, much more.

With their own unique retelling of the classic tale, the Webster Theatre’s show captures the heart, soul and funny bones of their entranced audience. As you’d expect from an enchanting story like Aladdin, the production brings plenty of magic to the stage, with impressive special effects and a dazzling flying carpet to wow the audience nightly.

The brilliant cast, sparkle on stage as they act out the captivating tale. Newcomer Tony McGeever, shines in the lead role as Aladdin with Simon Donaldson providing lots of laughs and hilarious dance moves as brother, Lankie Spankie. Arron Usher returns to the Webster Theatre for a second year in a row, this time as the wickedly funny Widow Spankie, as does the fabulous Susan Coyle as the beautiful baddie Abanazar and the lovely Claudia Todd who steals Aladdin’s heart as well as our own, as Princess Jaz. Last but by no means least is champion hip-hop dancer Charles ‘Chuck’ Denton, who lights up the Arbroath theatre once again, as he performs the role of the powerful breakdancing Genie, Jay-Z.

With plenty of opportunities to boo and hiss, shout and scream, sing along and dance too, the Webster Theatre’s production, delivers festive warmth and Christmas cheer in abundance. Do you and your family a favour and catch it while you can.

Tick Tock Music Angus and Dundee – Review

I was lucky enough to get the chance to go along to a Tick Tock Music Angus and Dundee class in Carnoustie recently.

Led by Abbey Craig and Barry Smale, the interactive music and drama class for children under 5, brings popular songs and rhymes to life, through puppets and role play. I was absolutely amazed by the class that I attended. Filled with songs, fun and frolics, the children who attended had joyous time (as did I!).

What really stood out for me was just how professional the experience was. It really was like watching a live kids show at the theatre! Each week has a different theme to keep it new and interesting for the children whilst also being a familiar experience with Tick Tock rhymes and songs that are enjoyed weekly.

One of the things I loved the best about the experience was how interactive it was for the children. The kids were absolutely thrilled to get involved in the action – whether they were running around the hall looking for props to help the puppets or singing along, you could see by their beaming faces, just how much they enjoyed being part of something so special. It truly was a magical experience for them all.

The only thing that I was disappointed about, was the fact that my two children are now at school and can’t join in on the weekly fun – they would have loved it!

If you’re looking for a class to take your wee ones along to, get yourself along to one of Tick Tock Music Angus and Dundee classes. I guarantee that both you and your child, will adore the experience.

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FUNBOX Dinosaur Safari – Review

There’s nothing quite like a family trip to the theatre. It’s some place I’ve loved taking my kids since they were very small, in the hope that one day they’ll grow into theatre fan girls, like their mum.

My favourite show to take them to, is always whatever FUNBOX production is currently running. We all adore their vibrant shows which are full of fun, songs, comedy capers and great big belly laughs (from the audience). This summer’s production Dinosaur Safari is no exception and had everyone clapping, singing and cheering along.

With a captivated audience filled with dinosaurs, cave people and little explorers, the dynamic trio Kevin, Anya and Gary and their beloved naughty dog Bonzo, did what they do best and entertained the socks off of everybody in the room.

As FUNBOX’s continue to tour Scotland this year with Dinosaur Safari and their other show, Rocking Over The World, it’s clear that it’s not just my children who love the awesome musical group.

The fact that they’re keeping Scottish traditional family songs alive, makes me exceptionally happy. There’s no chance of classics like Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff A Bus, dying on FUNBOX’s watch.

If you’re looking for a way to entertain the kids this summer, be sure to check out one of their shows for an afternoon filled with musical mayhem and fantastic fun. You won’t regret it.

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Beauty and the Beast at the Webster Theatre, Arbroath

Every year my family and I make a point of going to see the pantomime at the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath. Filled with fun and frolics, it’s the perfect way to get the festive season started! After all Christmas just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without shouting “he’s behind you” to the pantomime dame and “Oh no she didn’t” to the dastardly villain.

This year’s production is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast written by local playwright JJ Christine. The show stars a host of wonderful actors from Chris O’Mara as the Beast & Prince, Claudia Todd as Bell, Simon Donaldson as Gastoff, Susan Coyle as Evil Mother & Mrs P, Arron Usher as Aunt Jolly,  and Charles ‘Chuck’ Denton as La Poo, all of whom do a terrific job of entertaining and engaging the family audience.

As always this panto adds it’s own special twist to the well known tale, making it a riveting watch. In this version, Bell and the Beast both love to dance, Gastoff has an mother issues and La Poo is an expert body popper! Who knew!

We absolutely loved the show and my two girls aged 5 and 8, were absolutely glued throughout. As always the Webster Memorial Theatre’s panto production was pitched absolutely perfectly for the family audience. With loads of laugh out load moments, bucketsful of high jinx, plenty of baddies to boo and a brilliant soundtrack to sing along to – this panto really does have it all!

Beauty and the Beast is the perfect family pantomime for Christmas and is not to be missed!

Beauty and the Beast is on at the Webster Memorial Theatre until the 24th of December. For further information about the production and to buy tickets, please visit:

*Disclaimer: I was very kindly provided with tickets to this performance in exchange for this fair and honest review.

The Nutcracker by Russian State Ballet – Preview

After being absolutely mesmerised by Swan Lake a few years ago, I’ve been desperate to see The Nutcracker. So, when I heard that the Nutcracker was coming to Dundee’s Caird Hall on Thursday the 9th of November – I knew I had to see it.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to your local theatre for a dazzling production of the most famous Ballet in the world, The Nutcracker. Based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve, which turns into a prince. When midnight strikes, the world turns all magical in the wintry glitter of Christmas Eve.

Toys come alive, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins. Snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic, love, victories and defeats, and Tchaikovsky’s rousing score, are just some of the ingredients that will be brought together by this renowned Russian State Ballet. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is a gem for the Russian cultural traditions, bringing as they do the passion and vibrancy of Russian character to this well-known ballet. It has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality, and never fails to delight audiences.

I’ll be reviewing the production on here at the end of next week!

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