EST. 1978



Sleeping Beauty is the age-old tale of the Princess cursed at birth by the evil witch. The Princess pricks her finger on a needle on her eighteenth birthday and falls into a deep sleep only to be awakened by a true love’s kiss. Although this version, written by Tom Whalley,  was a little different from the traditional storyline that most youngsters and adults are familiar with, it had all the elements and ingredients of much that is characteristic of the British panto.  Dryburn Theatrical Workshop certainly knows how to put on a great show. Directed by Michelle Coulson, Choreographed by Helen Wilson and Musically Directed by Brian Pennick, this pantomime was lively, colourful and certainly a fun-filled performance with the cast giving their all in order to engage the audience.

Joe Coulson, as Muddles, gave a splendid performance.  He had an excellent rapport with the audience and delivered his musical numbers confidently. In the character of Nanny Nurse, Malcolm Quinn played the perfect Dame.  He gave a confident, professional performance, and had an excellent rapport with the audience.  He delivered his lines well, and his one-liners and innuendoes were very funny both to the younger audience and the more mature ones. There were two very confident performances from Phil Martin as Lord Lucifer and Karen Scott playing Carabosse, both maintaining their characters throughout. Carabosse was particularly unpleasant, and they both raised the right sort of boos and hisses from the audience. Three sterling performances were delivered by Rebecca Scott, as Fairy Kindheart, Annette Morris, as Fairy Goodwish, and Mandy Kennedy, as Fairy Liquid, again all delivering convincing performances. Libby Kennedy played Princess Beauty with a good stage presence, delivering her musical numbers well, and had good diction. I particularly enjoyed the chemistry between Libby and Joe Coulson. Good performances from Sarah Hutchinson, as Queen Camilla Parker Bike, and Lee Passmoor, as King Keegan, again a good pairing and excellent stage presence.  Strong performances came from Adam Donald, as the Captain of the Guard, and Gary Eglington, as Herald.

Special mention must go to Naomi Skelton and Amy Davies as the Courtiers and Ghosts, Charlotte Siddoway, Isha Dubre and Abbie Stewart, as the Princes, and Isha and Charlotte as Black Beauty. A special mention must go to the dancers who added so much to this production as did the chorus.

The pace of the performance was good and I particularly enjoyed the community sing song “The Little Green Frog” which brought the audience to life. This production was filled with high energy and ran at a quick pace enabling the cast to milk the many gags, one-liners and innuendos. The set looked great, and the production team worked to a high standard. The lighting and sound effects were good as were the costumes, and greatly enhanced the production.

Without exception this was a great show that had the audience hooked from the start and provided two hours of excellent entertainment. Well Done Dryburn Theatrical Workshop on an excellent performance.

Author: Peter Oliver


"Well you lot did it AGAIN !! what a fab show i laughed and had tears rolling at some of the gags, really well done to everyone involved, need tickets pre-booked for the next 3 shows !! :) because we're Happy :) :) loved it :)"

"Congratulations once again to all involved in this years hilarious pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Another fantastic show."

"I went tonight to see the show at park view, i really did not know what to exspect but going off the other shows it is always a fabulous turn out and a fabulous show whatever the group does, Tonight did not let me or anyone else down from start to finish it was laughs all the way and i loved all the wise cracks and the jokes, this was a fabulous show once again and everyone worked so hard to make it enjoyable for all, really guys if you have not been to see this show please do go along as it is your last chance on sunday, I really can not praise you guys enough as it was fabulous, if i could go again i definetley would, well done to everyone and a massive pat on the back."

"We had a fab time - it was so funny!!! And perfectly executed."

"Great show tonight everyone, really enjoyed it. Great team work and strong cast, a good blend of youth and, ahem, experience. Loved the comedy from the script writer, it was a refreshing change to the usual formulaic type of panto."

"Now that's what I call a Panto! Excellent job Michelle Coulson and Helen 'Ellie' Wilson and the company! Fantastic production. Well done! X"

"I didnt stop laughin, booing or singing from start to finish fantastic show cant wait for the next one x"

"Saw the show earlier today. Wonderful show!! Really strong performance from Joe and Lee. Well supported by Sarah, Malcolm and the "Fairies"!! And well done to the chorus, most of you listened to Michelle and smiled most of the time. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole performance. Once again well done everyone!!!!"

"It just goes from strength to strength ! Once again well done to Michelle Coulson, Joe Coulson, Malcolm Quinn, Lee Passmoor and all at Dryburn Theatrical Workshop for another wonderful performance of Sleeping Beauty. You have brought to life Tom Whalley's wonderful script and the audience loved every minute of it all. You should be on the NHS as laughter is always the best medicine. Come on folks don't miss out. X"