Puss in Boots – The Pantomime
Direction: Susan Wilson (written by Paul Jenden)
Circa Theatre; Circa One (Nov 17 – Dec 23/Jan 2-12)
Reviewed by Oscar Sweetman (age 7)
Hi guys, do you remember that last year I actually reviewed the Pantomime at Circa called Peter Pan – it’s okay if you don’t remember because my dad just put that link in this new review. Click on it and you can read my Peter Pan review. Maybe if you haven’t seen it you could read it right now and then come back for this – which is my review of this year’s pantomime at Circa – Puss in Boots!
I was really excited about this and was lucky to have some Skittles there and an ice-block.
Want to know what it was? It was a lemonade Popsicle! And I even had some L&P and a cheeseburger happy meal after. Man, it would have been amazing if I could have had that food while I was watching the pantomime (but I did have the Skittles, well, some of them. The ice-block was at the interval).
Gavin Rutherford is funny. He plays the mum. He always plays a lady in the pantomimes. That seemed a bit strange when I saw Jack and the Beanstalk – maybe if you have read my Peter Pan review you’ll know that I saw Jack and the Beanstalk (about three years ago). I didn’t really like that. If I was older, like I am now, I probably would have liked it more, don’t you think dad?
Anyway, at the beginning when they sing a song Gavin Rutherford comes in and goes “Shhhh! I’m trying to sleep!” And he does a lot of adult-comedy – I didn’t understand some of his jokes but my mum and dad did. There was lots of mentions of Wellington, including some places like the Botanical Gardens which he called “the Botans”, I think.
There’s a funny bit where the cat arrives – and Gavin Rutherford wants to give him away. He says he is going to put it on TradeMe because he’s poor. And he says, “A cat will be worth HEAPS!”
The cat started a funny line in it…”oooh, I have never felt like this before” – and he also was really funny and he’s a dancing cat.
And then they do a song. And you can hear Gavin Rutherford’s voice from backstage and he says, “I never knew there were so many ways to kill a cat”. And there’s a funny bit where Gavin Rutherford is friends with the cat all of a sudden, and he gets a photo and says, “do what you said before” and then he goes, “maybe I could just do THIS” and keeps on dancing…
The nice boy who always wanted to keep the cat (Gavin Rutherford’s son in the play) gave him ice-cubes.
The bad guys are The Trolls. They have a little thing – and they sing “oooh oooh ooh it’s magic!” – and they can turn into anything. Like a tiger. Or a weasel. And then they go, “weasels aren’t even scary!” And then you can see little puppets of weasels on a little fake bush.
They even chased the cat around.
It was really funny because they even went out of the Circa Theatre.
After the interval they asked the kids if they wanted to get on stage to help the cat with his plan. In Jack and the Beanstalk I was a bit scared at the bit where they asked the kids on stage, but I did go up. When I went to Peter Pan (twice) I went on stage. And the second time at Peter Pan Gavin Rutherford even called out my name, he thanked me for my review. And he gave me free tickets to this pantomime!
And when we went up on stage for Puss in Boots they came out in sheets and sang, “Bah, ba-ba-ba-bah, ba-ba-ba-bah, ba-ba-ba-bah”.
And the also told us to say, “The Marquis of Makara”. And the king is funny. There was a mistake they did where he dropped a cup by accident and they kept on playing “mah-nah-mah-nah”.
All of the actors in this play were very good – and the musician was very good doing all the music and some of the singing too.
I liked it so much I am actually going to see it again. And I’ve heard the next one – next year – is going to be Alice in Wonderland. I will probably go to that one, well, I’ll definitely go to that one because I will probably get free tickets because of this review!
Thanks for reading this pantomime review. Goodbye.