>We came to see Goldilocks and the Three Bears with our children, aged 9 and 6, so feel qualified to write from an adult and child perspective.
From the very beginning there was plenty of audience participation, which was very much enjoyed by everybody, and we had to remember to shout "All right!t' in answer to the question "How's your father?". However, louder shouts were heard when the baddie, Benjamin Black appeared, evilly played by Graham Hawkins, with his amusing sidekick, Elsie Echo (Lisa Liddell). The Gypsy Chief (Adam Dewar) was also suitably alarming, and the scene in the camp making the sleeping potion was most effective. My 9 year old especially found the apples dropping from the tree in response to a lie hilarious!
Goldilocks (Lyndsay Evans) was very charming and suitably sweet, and we were all captivated by the three bears (Nathaniel Tagg, Kate Schomberg and Palli Dent), and amazed at Baby Bear's wonderful dancing. All the circus clowns looked lovely in their beautiful bright costumes and Joey Wizzbang (Ruth Collins) kept us involved and entertained well. The scene with the Girl Guides was very funny, and all of us with children could identify well with the Leaders' frustration! Ronnie the Ringmaster (Sarah Cowburn) had my daughter convinced that she was really a man, and Sadie Spangles (Keith Hales), with her wonderfully tasteless clothes, was very funny and tugged at all our heart strings! Special mention must be made of Belinda (Lynne Smith) who was extremely funny, both for the adults and the children.
The Juniors did a wonderful job, Bob the Builder (James Gaisford) pleasing the younger members of the audience, and the dancers impressing everybody, especially Laetitia Akkouche, who was most convincing in a variety of styles. Coco the Clown (Sheila Hales) was popular at the end, although the song proved a little difficult for my younger child. However, the children enjoyed being called by name and having their turn on the stage.
The scenery was all very inventive, the lighting most effective and the music a very good mix of old and more modern. The dancing was well thought out and the whole production was a thoroughly pleasant experience.