By Gerard Rissik
For 31 years in Johannesburg Janice Honeyman has delighted us with her Pantomime, so much so that bookings open a year in advance so that people can be sure of getting their seats. This year’s panto is Snow White. The script follows a pretty standard formula and, as always, is written in a way that children and adults will enjoy. A lot of the music comes from current or recent hits and there is a lot of space for the actors to drop in recent news topics to add to the fun.
The absolute star of the Show is Ben Voss who plays the wicked queen Hildegonde Hoggenheim. Desmond Dube as Dame Dolla Diddledaddledoodledragon is also terrific. Kiruna-Lind Devar is a lovely Snow White and has a beautiful voice. The hunky prince is played by Tshepo Ncokoane. Former 702 host John Robbie joins the cats for the first time, and you can see that he is having a lot of fun on stage.
The panto is always fun and a lighthearted evening out. This year there is a surprise in store though. As you enter the theatre you are handed a pair of Super Panto 3D glasses; these are needed for what I thought was a very exciting segment of the performance where 3d technology brings the journey into the forest to life. Using this sort of technology, marrying the magic of live theatre with the ability of film to move long distances and with 3d to give incredible depth and life, can only be good news.
Tickets range from R245 – R375 and can be booked through the theatre or at selected Pick n Pay stores. The final performance will be on 23 December.
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