Mansfield Hospital Troupe’s panto is a real ‘Treasure’

MANSFIELD Hospital’s Theatre Troupe’s annual foray on to the Palace Theatre stage was billed as ‘the fun-filled family pantomime adventure’.

And its own, unique adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island certainly didn’t disappoint.

The tinsel and trimmings may be more than a distant memory, but those lingering post-Christmas blues were well and truly banished in emphatic fashion.

It was a production packed with the usual slap-stick humour and witty one-liners as the cast took to the high seas for a tale of piracy and intrigue.

Like all Troupe productions, it had audience participation, music and comedy with some outrageous characters - particularly Rosie Bloom (Scott McKenzie) and Potty Patsy (Andy Marshall).

All pantos have a stand-out double act, and this vivacious pair were simply superb as were their amazing, technicolour - and sometimes risque - costumes.

In fact I lost count how many times they changed attire during the fast-paced performance, particularly McKenzie - who doubles up as the show’s director.

James Corden doppelganger Christopher Evans was excellent as Nutty, while there was an impressive all-round performance from Joe Ladlow - who played Long John Silver.

Once again, it was a show the cast and everyone associated with it can be proud of.

The set was stunning, the costumes colourful - while the dancers from Mansfield’s Happy Feet Dance Studio added a touch of glamour to proceedings.

As always, at times it was easy to forget that these performers are just ‘am dram’ enthusiasts and not seasoned stage performers.

But once again, the Troupe managed to pull off yet another performance after which you simply wanted to cry our ‘more’ . . .

Treasure Island is on at the Palace Theatre every night this week at 7.15pm until Saturday. For ticket details contact 633133. All proceeds from the production go to local charities, with the Troupe hoping to pass through the £110,000 barrier since it began putting on the pantos in the early 80s.