“The future looks bright – and beautiful.
Despite atrocious weather, The Good Companions attracted a good sized audience to the Dovehouse Theatre for their seasonal offering, Sleeping Beauty Goes Back to the Future”.
The traditional tale has been cleverly re-worked by writer/director, Jackie Staite.
Cursed by the evil Fairy Grotto at her christening, Princess Beauty falls into a hundred year sleep. Determined to awaken her, Prince Michael enlists the help of Doctor What and his incredible time machine.
Miscalculations by the bumbling doctor take the young prince first to the 1920s and then the 1730s. But he finally arrives in the right place at the right time, which allows everyone to live happily ever after.
John Briggs, as Fairy Liquid, worked the intimate atmosphere well, establishing an immediate rapport with the audience. Margaret Bates was in excellent form as the wicked Fairy Grotto. Adam Tullett and Caroline Staite were a well-matched Prince and Princess, while Andrew Pemberton portrayed a suitably seedy Hogweed – a pantomime version of Compo, from Last Of the Summer Wine.
Callum Runciman and Janine Hipkins acted and sang beautifully in their roles as the child Prince and Princess.
The enjoyment this group has in performing is always apparent and this latest offering provided an amusing and light-hearted evening’s entertainment.”
Richard Saunders, The Solihull Times Friday, 8 February, 2002