In­spired by pan­tos past

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - GERRY COL­GAN

SNOW WHITE Lib­erty Hall Theatre, Dublin Previews Dec 14-17 Opens Dec 17 6.30pm from 125 01-8721122 Karl Brod­er­ick (writer) and Alan Hughes (per­former), now un­der the ban­ner of An­them Pro­duc­tions, con­tinue to pro­duce the hugely pop­u­lar an­nual pan­tomime in the Lib­erty Hall theatre. It is a far cry from the orig­i­nal out­ings in a tiny venue in Mer­chant’s Quay, but the ghosts of past Christ­mases there still in­spire the style and con­tent of the later cen­tre-city cre­ations. Th­ese are es­sen­tially based on tra­di­tional pan­tomime sto­ries and char­ac­ters, joined by an in­spired new­comer – the char­ac­ter of Sammy Sausages, de­liv­ered by the ebul­lient Hughes. An­other more re­cent favourite is Dame Buffy, the hi­lar­i­ously ec­cen­tric Joe Con­lan, whose comic en­ergy is bound­less. Singer and TV per­son­al­ity Linda Martin also re­turns as the Evil Queen. The ro­man­tic leads bat­tled their way to the roles via a Star Search, and Michele McGrath will take the ti­tle role, joined by Kyle Kennedy as the Prince. The ob­jec­tive is sim­ple and un­re­strained fun, and the imag­i­na­tive mix has never yet failed to de­liver it, in spades.

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