Potted Panto

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Potted Panto
Gabrielle Motola 'Potted Panto'

This review is from 2010

They’ve given us ‘Potted Potter’ and ‘Potted Pirates’; now Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner and their director and co-writer Richard Hurst are back, with a madcap dash through all the big panto favourites. Role-swapping, silly costumes and cut-price props underpin their knockabout two-man storytelling, and they have the direct appeal of a couple of overgrown kids engaged in a game whose rules they make up as they go along.

Jeff, shorter, more serious, is the theatrical glue; lanky Dan is the prankster, ever ready with a daft quip, a slapstick stunt and occasionally a naughty innuendo. The cleverly judged balance of childish simplicity and adult sauce means the show engages parents as well as their offspring. There’s even a dash of satire: in ‘Dick Whittington’ a Boris Johnson wig turns the hero into a modern-day Lord Mayor of London.

Occasionally you suspect that they might be having more fun up on stage than we are watching them. But it’s jovially done; and if it’s a simple offering, there’s a lot to like about a Christmas show that relies on wit rather than glitz.


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We saw this show in a family group , the youngest 8 and oldest nearing a half decade ( but not quite!). We had paid a reduced amount for Premium tickets via Timeout and had good seats in the Dress Circle. However this proved a little disappointing as the youngsters missed out on audience participation as some props are used. The Show is very slapstick and quite witty in places. We all generally enjoyed it with the exception of Grumpy Teen who thought it was puerile. Some of the group had seen Potted Potter and had preferred that though for content. The performance is polished but some of the jokes became laboured and repetitive. Go if you are prepared to revert to childhood and have fun.