Sue Ray, magnificently blacked up as the evil cannibal queen Wotta Woppa, gives an outrageous performance, a combination of “The Last King of Scotland” and a black and white minstrel. I very much liked the “cheeky” contribution made by Anna Midgley as Man Friday.
The pantomime completes with the arrival of Lord Nelson, a cameo performance by Michael Kitchen, whose timely intervention with a ship enables the cast to return to their home port, and presumably live happily ever after.
Making her directorial debut, Frances Sladen deserves great credit for pulling the cast together wonderfully well over many set changes and some difficult to stage events such as the sinking of the Mary Rose.
The contribution of the Musical Director Paul Davies combined with the efforts of John Sladen and his support team, too numerous to be mentioned here, delivered a superb production.
The Hempstead Players work hard to give us a memorable pantomime every year and this year was no exception.
Well done everyone!
By Jim Rennie