Erica Belton, 13
Resident of Ipswich
Pantomimes can sometimes be the same, just with a different plot and story but this rock & roll version was unique and extremely funny.
With the theatre’s 10th anniversary imminent, Jack and the Beanstalk merely emphasises what a giant contribution the New Wolsey is making to quality productions in East Anglia.
WHEN The New Wolsey reopened a decade ago the theatre decided to bring a new style of panto to the people of Ipswich – with the actors showing their supreme versatility by playing a variety of instruments.
Neil D'arcy Jones
THE New Wolsey Theatre has been perfecting their very own brand of rock and roll pantomimes for ten years now.
And this year’s offering is just as toe-tappingly good.
“Hello, Dolly!” we dutifully yelled, happy to humour the larger-than-life man in a frock.
This time it’s Jack and the Beanstalk at the Wolsey in Ipswich, done in their unique rock’n'roll style, with limited forces but unlimited panache
The New Wolsey Rock ‘n’ Roll pantos have become legendary over the years. Take the basic concept of the traditional panto and then add a twist! A cast of highly and multi-talented actors, come-singers, come-musicians (yes the cast really do everything!).
Multi-skilled is something which many performers endeavour to achieve. Singing, dancing, falling about (literally) is what you expect from a Christmas show; Ipswich’s annual rock’roll’ pantomime – this year it’s Jack and the Beanstalk – provides not just these elements but a cast which can multi-task while playing an array of instruments with enormous verve and panache.