Written by Alan P Frayn. Directed by John Kelland

Performed on Wednesday 26 November - Saturday 29 November 2008 at Pentyrch Village Hall


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The well known story of a poor wastrel boy, Aladdin, who has access to a cave and to an old lamp which has incredible powers. The evil Eyptian sorceror, Abanazar, hears about this and tries to gain access to the lamp and take over the world. However, Aladdin has other uses for the lamp and uses the power of the lamp to defeat the sorceror and gain the princess' hand in marriage.

NODA Review

Aladdin’s lamp suffered a few power cuts when I visited Hilltop for the first pantomime of the season at the Pentyrch Village Hall in late November.  Fortunately they didn’t detract from the show, in fact, provided fodder to the quick thinking cast as a running gag.  Without being flamboyant or OTT, Phil Davies proved a hit with well timed and pointed comedy, to give us a droll, matronly Widow Twankey, and leaving the energetic, slapstick humour to Liam Daley as her boisterous son, Wishee Washee – and the laughs kept coming fast.  I don’t know about the kids but I thought Huw Williams was one of the best Abanazer’s I have seen, a bug-eyed, sneering nasty who well earned his rewarding ‘boo’s’.  Victoria Walters, as our hero, Aladdin, knew how to sing and act the role and was delightful matched by Katie Marks as his heart’s desire, Princess Mandarin.  Two talented young performers caught the eye – Jenna Claridge, a very assured Spirit of the Ring, and Abigail Dawson, as So-Shy, a sparkling companion to the princess.  Iain Campbell added to the magic as the Genie of the Lamp.  Knockabout comedy by Karen Thomas and Steve Williams created mayhem and laughter as Yu-dun-Wong and Hu-dun-Pong, the inept police force of the Empress, played with imperial authority by Gail Alford.  Well-selected musical numbers were performed with plenty of punch and enthusiasm by an able and smiling company under the baton of Daniel Lawrence, and the backing of his band of young musicians.  Production, by John Kelland, never let up in pace and the staging and colourful costumes, all made by the company, were first class.  An enjoyable evening of innocent fun, for all the family, which is what a pantomime should be.

Reviewed by Frank Wooles


Abanazar                       Huw Williams

Spirit of the Ring         Jenna Claridge

Aladdin                          Victoria Walters

Wishee Washee          Liam Daly

Widow Twankey         Phil Davies

Yu-Dun-Wong             Karen Thomas

Hu-Dun-Pong             Steve Williams

The Empress              Gail Alford

Princess Mandarin    Katie Marks

So-shy                          Abigail Dawson

Genie of the Lamp     Iain Campbell

Executioner                Richard Jones

Iain Campbell, Karen Claridge, Anna Constantinou, Fiona Jackson, Richard Jones, Simon Jones, Martyn Lench, Sue O’Halloran, Helen Page, Jan Stapleton  

Carla Gambarini, Conor Brewer, Joe Morris, Leon Stawicki, Eleanor Brewer, Megan Dodson, Manon Griffith, Alice Liney, Bethany Petersen, Bethan Thomas

Production Team

Director                                           John Kelland

Assistant Director/Producer     Brenda Slaughter

Musical Director                           Daniel Lawrence

Choreographer                            Victoria Graham

Stage Manager                             Wayne Brewer

Scenic Design and Painting     Rhys Stapleton

Set Design and Construction   Wayne Brewer, Rhys Stapleton

Lighting & Sound                        Wayne Brewer, Owain Davies

Properties                                      Anne Morris

Wardrobe                                       Bob Petersen

Makeup                                           Zara Jones

Business Manager                      Richard Jones

Business Team                            Simon Jones, Helen Page

Poster Design                              Rhys Stapleton

Front of House Manager           Tracy Richards

Front of House                             Members and Friends of Hilltop

Bar Manager                                 Iain Campbell, Ray Claridge

Box Office                                     Brenda Slaughter