A pantomime, especially pre-Christmas, is almost a festive prescription, a heavy dose of music, jokes and plenty of audience participation to get you in the spirit.
Sudbury Dramatic Society’s seasonal offering of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen is no different.
The story follows Gerda (Jade Mark) as she looks to rescue her friend Kay (Sophie White) who has been taken by the evil Snow Queen (Annie Eddington), cue much booing and hissing.
Supported by the shy but faithful and light-loving Molly Moose (Elin Massey), the pair set off on an adventure up to the Frozen North - The Game of Thrones link not lost on writer and director Sara Knight.
On the way the pair stop off at Gerda’s many aunties to rest, all played by panto dame -and without a doubt the star of the show - Malcolm Hollister.
My personal favourite was Auntie Freeze from Lapland.
The audience were left in stitches at Hollister’s questionable accent which sounded like it had arrived in Lapland via South East Asia with a quick stop off in Italy.
This was just one of several fabulous regional dialects.
Hollister kept the show lively throughout and wasn’t afraid to give the audience a not-so-gentle reminder if they momentarily forgot there ‘Oh no he isn’ts’ and ‘he’s behind yous’.
The various aunties came with their own reindeer companions all played by Mark Littlewood.
From football fans, to constant colds and even a visit to everybody’s favourite reindeer, the fluffy follower was there to share a joke or two, some better than others, with Molly Moose.
The cast was made up by Bim and Bam Bear (Tom Eddington and Linda Dowdall), the clumsy but strangely likeable minions of The Snow Queen.
But watch out children, when there are no seals to eat a tasty child in row two will suffice!
Overall if you are planning a pantomime visit this Christmas or New Year then look no further than your local offering at the Quay which ends January 3.
The larger theatres will offer star names and bigger budgets but I guarantee just as many laughs, and groans, and plenty of entertainment for all the family at The Snow Queen.