ALADDIN The Pantomime

Globe Theatre, 104 London St, Dunedin

03/12/2020 - 13/12/2020

Production Details

Celebrate the Silly Season with some family friendly musical, magical madcap pantomime

(The evening performance finishes at 9.45pm and the Matinees at 4.15pm.)

The Globe Theatre, 104 London St, Dunedin
Thursday 3 – Sunday 13 December 2020
Tuesday – Friday, 7.30pm
Saturday & Sunday, 2pm
$16 Adult
$8 Child
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Cast (In order of Appearance)
Genie of the Ring:  Ovita Beres
Abanazar:  Tomuri Spicer
Aladdin:  Patricia Pantleon
Sergeant Ping:  Jude Conway
PC Pong:  Thomas Makinson
Wishee Washee:  April McMillan-Perkins  
Nobby (A panda):  Ocean Manutulila
Widow Twankey:  Campbell Thomson
The Emperor:  Matt Brennan
Princess Jasmine:  Katherine Osborne
Genie of the Lamp:  Zac Henry
Palace Attendant/Guard:  Asha Claridge
Girl wot pulls The Curtain:  Sally Pearce 

Stage & Props Manager:  Kay Masters
Choreographer:  Jacinta Burney
Stage Crew:  Drew White, Hannah Byas
Set Design:  Sophie Welvaert
Set Props:  Kay Masters, Sophie Welvaert
Set Construction:  Ray Fleury
Lighting Design:  Brian Byas
Lighting & Sound Operators:  Brian Byas, Jamie Byas
Sound & Music Effects:  Brian Byas, David Thomson
Costumier:  Quentin Francis 
Costume:  Jackie Dalziel, Avril Power
Make up & Hair:  Samantha White
Front of House Manager:  Leanne Byas 
Photography:  Martin Van Raalte   

Theatre , Musical , Family ,

2 hrs 15 mins incl. interval

Madcap, wondrous, sumptuous, kindly and vivid

Review by Angela Trolove 04th Dec 2020

It’s so fun to be a kid again! From the get go, the evil magician Abanazar (Tomuri Spicer with his great voice) has us audience members booing and hissing. An interactive play? Slapstick comedy? Puns? I’m delighted! This is pantomime.  

This magician’s ring, buffed, summons him a minor genie (the smart Ovita Beres) who enables him to locate the major genie (the fizzing Zac Henry), the Genie of the Lamp, and ergo ridiculous wealth. Genies speak in rhyme, and by some enchantment they draw all the characters into rhyme, providing a guess-the-rhyme (you won’t) contrast to the regular dialogue.

Costumier Quentin Frances adds to the fun. In classic pantomime fashion, as easily as a dream morphs, flowing capes and jewelled turbans shimmer alongside satin Chinese pantaloons, bling ‘from Farmers’ and British constabulary uniforms. Oh, and a flapper dress makes only more fetching Aladdin’s mother, the Widow Twankey (Campbell Thomson), replete with black feather-boa.

I admire Wishee Washee (April McMillan-Perkins ) in his futile but splendid struggle for command of his panda Nobby (Ocean Manutulila), always coming away the worse for wear. Sphere is a gifted mime – opening doors, receiving blows, jazzing up intermediate jokes.

I would love to attend when more children are in the audience, to enjoy their reactions. Yet while we are mostly adults tonight, we too relish groaning, heckling and cheering. In fact seeing the childlike way in which Aladdin (Patricia Pantleon) and Princess Jasmine (Katherine Osborn) strike up a friendship – “Will you be my friend?”—sincerely moves me. Falling in love, they harmonize a duet.

My toddler has never seen anything like this. He laughs out at villagers folk dancing and remains transfixed the whole two hours.

Set Designer Sophie Welvaert pairs lavish details – rugs, satin cushions and lotus-topped pillars – with the set’s principal pieces: two large revolving panels. These panels supply, respectively, the Emperor’s unassuming city in Peking, blue Willow Pattern general Chinese ambience and an Egyptian desert.

Jasmine’s father, the Emperor (Matt Brennan), recalls the Lemur King of the Madagascar films: volatile, limp, all-powerful, he drums a baton on the heads of the clumsy constables (Jude Conway and Thomas Makinson). The constables search the audience for a missing lucky penny and this breaking through the frame of on stage / off stage, is playful, exciting and original.

In a particularly clever staging of The Enchanted Cave, we see simultaneously Aladdin inside the treasure cave and Abanazar at the entrance. It is a low-fi split screen: the two act on the one stage, each in his distinct site. A smoke machine within the cave colludes to make this dual scene work.

Aladdin The Pantomime is a madcap, wondrous, sumptuous, kindly and vivid collaboration. Dunedin’s Globe Theatre presents an adventure made to measure for children and enjoyable for the whole family.


David Thomson December 4th, 2020

I thought your readers would like to know about how the music for this Pantomime came to be .In Bristol England there is a small company called Pantomime Songs ,whose business is what it says They write songs for Pantomime .As I was directing Aladdin in the deep South in Dunedin I thought I would ask them about songs for this Panto .Richard Lammings who is the man responsible for these songs jumped at the chance to do the music for this .As the U.K is in lockdown there are no pantomime being produced ,so he was more happy to help.Over a period of about 3 months we would email each other,he with the sound tracks and Music and me saying whetherit worked ok.A couple of zoom meetings and ala ka zam Music produced for our talented cast to bring to life the Pantomime with great music ,never heard before in NZ

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