Robinson Crusoe – 2013

Crusoe panto is packed to the gunnels with gags

By Derby Telegraph | Posted: January 18, 2013

THE Adventures of Robinson Crusoe unfurled its sails and set a course for success, ably manned by the Enfield Players. If you prefer your panto am dram, you will certainly enjoy this one.

Fraser Morton has written, produced and directed this year’s production. It is packed to the gunnels with witty one-liners, innuendo and tradition; the scenery is beautifully painted, especially in the island scenes; the costumes were vibrant and effective. There were some minor glitches with the sound but the actors had the courage and resourcefulness to overcome this.

The principal boy, Robinson, was portrayed by Amy Potter – a star in the making – and Amy Meakin was excellent as Captain Flash Bandeira, raising the roof with her singing, bringing panache and heart to make her character live. Chris Brown was the cheeky chappy Billy Crusoe, who stole the show with brilliant comic timing and a cheerfulness all of his own. His ad libs with the heckling kids at the front brought the house down.

A nice comic touch was the sight gag of short-in-stature Admiral Will Atkins. How Joseph White had the stamina for this part, I will never know. It must have been physically painful to perform. This is a truly memorable panto which really needs to be seen to be appreciated.

WHAT: The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
WHERE: United Reformed Church Enfield Road, Mackworth
WHEN: Until tomorrow.
ADMISSION: £7 Concessions £5
TICKETS: 01332 514956