Wales: Village panto crew deliver a cracking Mother Goose

Wales Methodist Panto Players prepare for their latest production 'Mother Goose' to be performed at the Montgomery Theatre Sheffield in January
Wales Methodist Panto Players prepare for their latest production 'Mother Goose' to be performed at the Montgomery Theatre Sheffield in January

Volunteers and their families packed out Sheffield’s Montgomery Theatre on the opening night of Mother Goose by Wales Methodist Pantomime Players.

It was the 69th pantomime by the local troupe and once again they delivered in style.

Wales Methodist Panto Players prepare for their latest production 'Mother Goose' to be performed at the Montgomery Theatre Sheffield in January

Wales Methodist Panto Players prepare for their latest production 'Mother Goose' to be performed at the Montgomery Theatre Sheffield in January

Mother Goose is a fun family tale with a moral message about greed, love and vanity.

When Priscilla the goose and starts laying giant golden eggs it sends the whole village into a selfish spin.

Dastardly Baron Goosepimple (Shaun Bradley) and his gang want their share of her treasure, and the voluptuous Mother Goose (Nick Challenger) and her family are tasked with protecting the precious bird.

But when Mother Goose gets an offer she can’t refuse - to be blessed with beauty in exchange for a golden egg, cracks appear in her relationships with family and friends.

I was dazzled by the slick set design and fabulous costumes which added so much sparkle to the performance.

Panto dame Mother Goose looked stunning in her wardrobe of wacky wigs and dresses. And Nick Challenger’s performance was the perfect mix of sweetness and sarcasm.

His script, adapted from Roy Staniforth’s original, was also packed with comedic one-liners and pop culture references which had kids and grown-ups giggling.

Mother Goose’s son Jack (Paul Burgess) was a crowd pleaser who really made sure the audience got involved.

His best moments featured a custard pie and a Sheffield Wednesday onesie.

The chorus line featured some real talent, with youngster Brandon Fletcher impressing with his solo ‘Keep Young and Beautiful’.

Other notable vocal performances came from Toni Lemm (as Jill), Alison Wade (as Colin) and Hollie Riley (as Fairy Featherdown).

Popular songs were peppered throughout the panto, keeping everyone’s feet tapping.

My favourites were Money, Money, Money; It’s A Kind Of Magic and If I Were Not In Pantomime.

Lots of laughs came courtesy of Wales’ own version of the Chuckle Brothers, Silly and Billy - played by Martin Crowther and Philip Burgess.

Also deserving mention for their star parts are Gretchen The Goose Girl, witches Grizelda, Weed, Nettle and Weavil, Sir Galahad, King Gander and Queen Goosey.

Well done to all 122 cast and crew members for putting on another enjoyable panto. I’ll be back for next year’s 70th anniversary - details coming soon.

Limited tickets are available for Mother Goose on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th January. Call 01909 809757 or 0773026681.