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 'Goldilocks Goes to Greece', summer panto at Òran Mór  Picture: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
'Goldilocks Goes to Greece', summer panto at Òran MórTommy Ga-Ken Wan

Summer panto review: 'Goldilocks Goes to Greece'

Written & directed by Andy McGregor

Well, that really was fun, and a great feast of laughs.

And there were plenty in the crowd to enjoy it.

Glasgow Fair Fortnight seems to suck people out of the city.

We should have known most of them would be crammed into the basement theatre at Òran Mór.

You would do well to see this place as rammed as it was on the opening weekend of the venue’s summer panto: chairs laid out fully to the back to accommodate a bumper crowd, and a right royal queue for the bar.

But did they a get a treat from a great writer and a great cast.

'Gallus banter'

“Goldilocks Goes to Greece” is as brilliantly daft as its title suggests.

Rip-roaringly funny from start to finish with all the prerequisite elements of a Glasgow panto: a lewd dame; innuendo a-plenty; topical gags; and gallus banter.

'As brilliantly daft as its title suggests'. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
'As brilliantly daft as its title suggests'. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

But be warned parents, this is not for young ears - this is strictly for ages 14+ with adult themes and strong language.

And, boy, is it funny.

When the rumbustious and saucy Pat Locks (mother of Goldie) says there’s “no better week to get your Johnson out” - you know you’re in for a laugh.

Ridiculous songs (very well sung), funny characters and great gags. There’s nothing not to like.

 

You would do well to see this place as rammed as it was on the opening weekend of the venue’s summer panto.

Review: Goldilocks Goes to Greece

 

Silly, saucy, and expertly executed, with immensely-talented actors.

Fraser Boyle is a wonderful dame with an eye for the men who wears a thong well (so, be careful if you’re sitting in the front rows! ‘Alan’ certainly learned his lesson)

The diminutive Rebekah Lumsden fills the bear suit with big personality and lots of great lines and songs.

Ewan Somers is the dastardly prince and villain of the story, with another great pair of lungs.

'Be warned parents, this is not for young ears'. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
'Be warned parents, this is not for young ears'. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

He really riles the crowd in a way only a panto villain can. You can hear the ‘boos’ from down Byres Road.

And not not forgetting Rosie Graham as Goldilocks, the beautiful daughter with a flatulence issue and penchant for Kate Bush.

Really some of the cutaways and vignettes are great sketches in their own right.

'Silliness'

Brilliant stage design and directing make for an engaging spectacle throughout.

This is laugh-a-second stuff, with bags of content and silliness packed into a fabulous hour of top-quality entertainment.

The West End is lucky to have class productions on its doorstep.

Rosie Graham as Goldilocks, the beautiful daughter with a flatulence issue and penchant for Kate Bush. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
Rosie Graham as Goldilocks, the beautiful daughter with a flatulence issue and penchant for Kate Bush. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Get along to see this show now, you won’t be disappointed.

Surely, it can’t be as packed as it was this weekend.

But who knows? It should be.

 

Our rating: ***** (Five stars)

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