Because the Addenbrooke’s pantomime enters its thirtieth yr, it has as soon as once more demonstrated the expertise, humour and capability for self-deprecation by the common-or-garden Cambridge medical pupil. Frozenmide: The I.C.E Queen is a narrative which takes the first characters of Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Hans…. provides Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk… and tops it off with the Caius medical Director of Research (very convincingly performed by John Latimer). The top product is an endearing manufacturing with components of high-end musical aptitude which leaves a non-medical pupil like myself fairly confused about whether or not I’m extremely glad or extremely jealous that I by no means see the working facet of Addenbrookes.
“The leads all delivered electrifying performances”
The standard of the performing on this pantomime was notable. Each Lydia Seed (Elsa) and Bolin Dai (Anna) delivered excellent performances, successfully growing the dynamic of sisters torn aside by totally different levels of scientific coaching. I might love to focus on the vocal potential of the 2 actresses as excellent, however in truth the calibre of singing throughout all of the leads was distinctive. When paired with the vitality every of those people delivered to stage, the leads all delivered electrifying performances. A particular credit score ought to go to Dominika Wiatrowaska whose hyper-sexualised Sven the Reindeer offered many moments of brillant bodily comedy. Regardless of working with an unique script which often lagged, the vitality degree on stage hardly ever dropped with this forged.
The actual gem of this pantomime was the communal spirit it embodied. The enjoyment that every forged member delivered to stage was contagious. The present was at its greatest when making full use of its ensemble members, in a defiant unification in opposition to the soul-sucking pantomime villains working in company finance. Although underused, the scenes and musical quantity which introduced the ensemble on stage have been excessive factors of the present. As with the solo performances, the restricted choreography was improbable, leaving me wishing much more of the songs had a dance quantity to go along with them. The infectious chemistry inside the forged was heartwarming, and bonded them with an viewers filled with these with shared expertise of “Addies”.
“The actual gem of this pantomime was the communal spirit it embodied”
The technical facet of the manufacturing was a bit of hit or miss in locations. An immense fifteen piece band serenaded preparations of songs starting from Dolly Parton to Avril Lavigne and, after all, some Disney classics. An enormous credit score must be paid to Musical Director Christoper Cheng and Conductor Emma Dinnage for an extremely numerous soundtrack. An extra credit score can be as a result of masterful work of the staff of lyric writers; who transformed all of the songs to be strictly medical in theme resulting in some hilarious renditions.
Nevertheless the music rose from the pit onto a barely desolate stage, as the principle set items – medical curtain and flimsy wanting hospital mattress – have been swallowed up by the dimensions of the Mumford Theatre. Equally some very fascinating lighting design (full with comically fast spotlights) jarred in opposition to defective mics which at instances left the orchestra drowning out vocal performances.
While the present is staged for the improbable explanation for elevating cash for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Belief, Lifecraft and Jimmy’s evening shelter, this manufacturing has many qualities of a big-budget West-Finish pantomime. Regardless of some shortcomings within the technical and staging features, general it’s a efficiency that may heat the hearts of medical and non-medical college students alike. Simply as any nice panto ought to!
The Addenbrookes Charity Pantomime is enjoying on the Mumford Theatre from the tenth to 14th of January at 7:30pm
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