Scaling Heights of Panto Delight!

The Jack and the Beanstalk panto opened at The Kenton on Saturday with a show packed full of gigantic fun for the whole family.

The story although doesn’t feature all of the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk elements, (there’s no golden goose, eggs or a magic harp), instead there’s a can full of funny beans that make up for it!

Immersion Theatre are back again this year with a cast brimming with high energy, excellent vocals and the cast really putting their own giant stamp on their characters.

The stage bursts into life with the arrival of sassy Fairy Sprout, igniting the audience’s excitement with a playful challenge and audience participation: “I’ve heard that the Kenton audience is renowned for being the loudest in the country!”

The show was a rollercoaster of laughter and entertainment. The humour, with adult innuendos, was cleverly interwoven throughout, keeping the grown-ups just as engaged as the young audience members.

The costumes were star quality with the Dame having EIGHT (yes 8!) different hilarious ones stealing the show each time she came on stage topped off with outrageously large wigs.

Water guns and custard pies, always on the panto menu didn’t disappoint and made more hilarious when Dame Trott in our show had to adlib because she forgot to take the tarpaulin off the stage.

Daisy the cow stole the hearts with her funny dance moves and the big green giant from outer space sporting an orange Mohican was very clever and fun too!

The music included well known songs Footloose, Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked and Let me Entertain You by Robbie Williams which got everyone clapping and singing along.

The set design was bold and bright, with ingenious use of graphics, smoke, lights and a larger-than-life inflatable beanstalk that grows before your eyes.

There’s plenty of chance for the audience to shout out those panto favourites of; “he’s behind you” and “oh yes it is!”  And the Kenton panto also wouldn’t be the same without the audience Jingle Bells sing-off at the end.

Not wanting to spoil any of the show, the Apple watch segment was undoubtedly the funniest part of the show, with even Jack struggling to keep a straight face.  The 12 days of Christmas song starting with Alan Partridge in a Christmas tree was bonkers mad, overflowing with props and entertainment too.

Amidst the laughter and antics, the story’s morale shone through that good always triumphs over bad, echoing the sentiments of the final song I’m still Standing.

If like us you’ve BEAN waiting for your Christmas panto treat, as Christmas wouldn’t the same without one, we would definitely recommend this immersive giant fe-fi-fo-fun, high-reaching experience!





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