Gareth Joyner – aka Myra Dubois – is a true talent not only as a performer but also as a writer. Gareth’s script for this year’s Garden Theatre at The Eagle pantomime, FROSTBITE – Who Pinched My Muff?, is a pure hoot. A laugh out loud rip-roaring riot from a very accomplished cast who were quick to get from a very responsive audience, immediate cheers and hand claps.
The narrator and Fairy Snowflake played by Kingsley Morton was sensational, with her delivery of Joyner’s script full of tongue-twisting rhymes proving that she has a great comic skill.
Other cast members were Bessy Ewa as Greta, Tom Keeling as Bergermeister Kai, James Lowrie as a very funny Lumiukko and Shelley Rivers as Garbo. All showed they can hold their own with each of them so in tune with each other, their performances truly added to the magic of the show.
But special mention has to be made of Nathan Taylor as Demon Frostbite and Dereck Walker as Dame Herda Gerda whose performances were off the Richter scale with their time together on stage a joy to watch. Truly hilarious scenes which showcased what seasoned professionals they both are. They gave exalted performances as all the rules and regulations of panto were observed: sight gags, ad libs, asides to the audience and making it work where the eagerly anticipated audience’s involvement was handled with a magnificence that once again showed how talented these two are.
With direction by Robert McWhir the whole show was a masterful execution of how an adult panto should be presented. Bravo indeed to all concerned!
Frostbite is a breezy delight. Zany, zesty, zealous and with an ardent polished ensemble cast that made this show one of my most favourite shows of this year.