The Panto is just for kids, right? Oh no it isn’t!

The Panto is just for kids, right? Oh no it isn’t!

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan has been delighting audiences, young and old. There are some brilliant shows on across Aberdeen this Panto season, including Aladdin at Tovoli and Cinderella at Aberdeen Arts Centre. However, there can be no doubt that the daddy of them all is at HMT.

To experience the show first-hand, we sent Northsound 1 breakfast presenter Jeff Diack along. It’s safe to say he had a brilliant night.

Well, it might be, but I am a huge kid and had a brilliant time at this year’s HMT show, The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan.

Alan McHugh is back for his umpteenth outing as the Dame. He is truly hilarious as Maggie Celeste. His partnership with PJ Corrigan as the wee dafty, Smee, is effortlessly funny. It’s hard to tell if the fluffs are genuine fluffs, or if the writing is just brilliantly done. In either case, the two will draw the audience in and keep them engaged throughout the entire show.

The pair relentlessly take the mick out of Brendan Cole’s Captain Hook, who himself is brilliant, switching from evil to funny at the drop of a hat. The dance-off between the characters captures everything that panto should be, engaging and tremendously funny.

Aberdeen’s own Danielle Jam also returns this year as Tinkerbell the Doric Fairy who truly is a treasure. Fellow Aberdonain Michael Karl-Lewis, who went to the effort of waxing his chest to be a convincing boy who never grew up, pulls it off as Peter. And a Pan story wouldn’t be complete without Wendy, who is played by the dazzling Beth Nicolson.

Strap yourself in for a laugh a minute. The show really is a great jig, Bobby.

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan runs at HMT until 8th Jan 2023, where the big kids can enjoy the show just as much as the actual kids.

Jeff Diack

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