Reviewed by Matt Gibbins
Ferneham Hall, Fareham
Jordan Productions brings another delight to Fareham families in this years pantomime, Aladdin. The impressive production was full of naughty laughs, superb dance sequences from a highly skilled team of children, and everything you'd expect from a top notch Christmas Panto.
Kicking off the action was Karis Anderson, as the Genie of the Ring, the self professed South London girl born and bred brought a level of sass to the role, bringing it up to date for a more modern audience. Together with Jason Denton, as the Genie of the Lamp, the pair provided arguably the strongest vocals throughout, hitting some powerhouse notes. Coming in close second were Danielle Haywood and Divine Cresswell as Aladdin and Princess So-Shi respectively, who gave a beautiful rendition of Symphony. Haywood, along with Anderson gave the vocal performance of the night with their duet, Defying Gravity which accompanied a truly mesmerising flying carpet scene.
Christian Lee from Britain’s Got Talent fame, gave an enthusiastic performance as our 'audience friend' Wishy Washy, though at times faltered with the lyrics and choreography. Clive Mantle as Abanazaar, the villain of our story, gave a well calculated and sufficiently nasty performance, though could have embraced the theatricality of it all. Matt Davitt, gave an impressive performance, especially showcasing his ability to play off an audience, even if they were taking a moment to warm up.
Storming ahead above all others however, and this will come as no surprise to regular Panto-goers, was Mark Siney as the lovable dame, Widow Twankey. It's performances like this that show newcomers how to get the job done. Siney's ability to improvise on cue, deal with the odd mishaps and turn them around into something hilarious, and delivering the more risqué lines intended for mum and dad with perfect comic timing, is like watching a masterclass.
For a thoroughly enjoyable evening, get yourself down to Ferneham Hall, where everyone in the family will have a raucous evening of laughter and entertainment.
Aladdin at Ferneham Hall is on until 31st December. Tickets available online or via the Ferneham Box Office.