Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, is the Pantomime of the season – evident by its packed houses and welcoming applause. Perfect for all age groups, it really has something for everyone, so a real family treat.
Our very own National Treasure, the charismatic Gok Wan opens the show as the Man in the Mirror as he is flown across the stage in all his glittering glory, with his droll delivery and witty one-liners, as he draws in the crowd and captures an abundance of new young fans.
Aaron James is highly entertaining as the blundering Muddles whose comedy routines are hilarious, from his A to Z impersonations to the cleverly skilled ‘shopping trolley’ delivered with perfection and aplomb, which the audience adore, which is evident by their rapturous response.
For those of us who were terrified of the Wicked Queen in the original Disney Film, Harriet Thorpe carries this through exquisitely to the present day with her delightful but dastardly Queen Lucretia, who sets out to capture the young Prince, played deftly by Benjamin Purkiss, with some hilarious interjections along the way.
It is quite refreshing too that the Pantomime stays true to tradition with an abundance of innuendos, crass jokes and repetitive banter with the only nod to woke being when the Princess, played perfectly by Rebekah Lowings, proposes to the Prince on one knee with humorous role reversal.
The show is also lavish, with music provided by the live orchestra ensemble and superb dance routines from eight fabulous young dancers, choreographed by Paul Domaine.
The Seven Dwarfs are a true highlight of the show, with their amusing anecdotes and fun banter, in addition to their spectacular ‘knees-up’ and you will have to see the Pantomime to find out exactly what I mean by that.
The run ends this Sunday 2nd January, so be quick
You can order tickets online here : BUY TICKETS
NOT TO BE MISSED.
As we enjoy copious amounts of food and wine over the festive season, and generally push the boat out and abandon ship where our diets are concerned, let us spare a moment to think about those less fortunate, whose only hope of a Happy Christmas is the generosity of a friend, neighbour or complete stranger.
Friends of mine who are very well off spent half of last Christmas day serving food to the homeless at their local Shelter, and said it was one of the best festive holidays they could remember. You don’t have to turn up in person to help, just donate what you can to the Charity as the money will go straight to a counsellor or family and could turn around a life in a heartbeat. If you go onto the Shelter website, there are numerous cases of how lives have been destroyed, often by unseen circumstances, but can be turned around by our own contributions and good will.
I have recently been aware of the food banks in my local supermarkets and am pleasantly surprised at the amount of food and gifts that generous shoppers have donated, but it isn’t enough – we could all be doing more. Perhaps like me in recent years, you have been so hell bent on a perfect family Christmas, you have forgotten to consider how others are suffering with little or no hope of any sort of celebration at all. Guilty as charged, but it is not too late to change.
I am not saying we should all take ourselves down to the local food bank, but remember what Meghan Markle used to do in LA with the leftover food from a film shoot – which was quite a pioneering gesture at the time. She even extended it to helping to support victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy by cooking with its charity members in their multi-cultural kitchen.
We all know that Princes William and Harry have carried on Princess Diana, their mother’s legacy, of supporting the homeless, and are regular visitors at Centrepoint in London.
It doesn’t even have to be someone who has lost their home, It could be an elderly neighbour who is too proud to tell you they will be lonely, or someone suffering from depression who could benefit from even a phone call, let us all give one minute of our time. So never mind Brexit or our own economy, the world would be richer and a far better place if we just paused for a moment amidst all the mayhem, and considered how we could help improve someone’s life this festive season and extend it well into 2022.
A new place to shop for little ones this Christmas !
At www.stylemykid.com you will find a beautiful range of clothes, accessories and gifts for babies and little children often not found on the normal high st! With stunning outfits, luxury kids play & home items and many unique and organic lines, it’s the perfect place to shop for awesome gifts this Christmas!
www.stylemykid.com is a wonderful online shop (run by 3 mums and a dad) offering ‘on trend’, great quality products ranging from newborn organic swaddles to best selling zippy sleepsuits (loved by parents all over the world), to super fun soft play items and loads more.
They are proud to stock many trusted baby brands including the award winning ergoPouch sleepwear, Lulujo muslins & swaddle gift sets, Scandi chic brand Fabelab and the colourful and fun Zoocchini collection of clothes and accessories – all of which have a passion for gorgeous, organic and bamboo, child safe, sustainable items for little ones! SMK offer free delivery on all orders over £25 (in the UK) and get fantastic customer feedback for products and service.
Here are their top gifting products to make a very happy time for both kids and parents!
Moonie Humming Friend Nightlight & Sleeping Aid with Smart Cry Detector, Natural Sounds, Light modes & USB charge – £64.95 – Available in four bunny colours – Sky, Powder, Cream and Cloud
Zoocchini Wearable Hooded Animal Fleecy Oversized Blanket – £24.95 comes in Koala, Bear, Dog, Fawn & Bunny!
Lulujo Milestone 1st Year Bamboo Swaddle Blanket and Date Card Set –– Dream Come True Rainbow – £19.95. Perfect for new parents – lots of designs to choose from.
Potwells Long Hot Water Bottles – Plush Dino/Zebra/Unicorn – £29.95 (currently on sale from £39.95)
Fabelab Organic Big Buddy Large Huggable Toys – Made with Organic Sherpa Fabric and measures 54cm long! £49.95 – Available in Pink Bunny, White Unicorn, Black Sheep and Ochre Bear
Zoocchini Hooded Animal Towels – For ages 2+ and come in several different wonderful designs including Shark, Lion, Bunny, Unicorn, Pirate & Flamingo – £29.95
Micador Easy Carry Portable Art Studio – £34.95
Kabode Organic Quilt and Duvet Bedding Set in Robot or Rainbow – Crib, Cot & Cot Bed sizes available – Prices from £34.95
ergoPouch Organic 2.5 TOG Sleepbag Suit – Converts from sleeping bag to sleepsuit with legs using a very clever zip system! Available for children from 8 months to 6 years and in a choice of 3 colours – £62.95. Perfect for toddlers who are walking, and pre-schoolers transitioning to a big bed.
Zoocchini Sherman the Shark Set – Balaclava and matching Mittens – £17.95 & £11.95 -Also comes in loads of other animal and creature designs!
SMK Zippy Sleepsuits – Over 30 eye-catching, beautiful designs to choose from with double zip feature and both hand & feet cuffs – £12.95 each or in a bundle deal 2 for £24, 3 for £33, 4 for £44 etc.
Perfect stocking fillers –
Baby Wisp Glitter Headband – Pink, White & Gold – £8.95
Micador Jr Besties Marker Mates – Dino – £11.95
Micador Early Start Make & Play Kids Art Craft Set – Princess £5.95
Juddlies – Organic Soft Rattle Comforter Toys– from £12.95 – Part of the Juddlies premium organic and bamboo baby clothes and accessories collection
For more information, please contact Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that they are open until the 24th Dec however to guarantee delivery in the UK before Christmas day orders should be place by 1pm on the 21stDec for standard delivery or 22nd Dec for express delivery.