Toby, 8, reviews this year’s Queen’s Theatre panto

Joseph Bulmer

Panto season is in full swing and what better way of finding out about this year’s Queen’s Theatre show than by asking a young theatre-goer to check out the action.

THE Gazette sent Newport Community Primary School pupil Toby Spear along to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Saturday.

Toby, aged eight, grabbed a notepad and made his way to the press seats with mum Sue. Here’s what he thought of the show:

On Saturday I went to watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with my mum at the Queen’s Theatre. The dwarfs were very funny and slightly weird because their heads were big and they were taller than Snow White.

My favourite character was Muddles as he was comical when he came out on his toilet invention! This made me laugh out loud. I liked Nurse Norma as well because her first costume was a big tin of Spam, and do you know Nurse Norma is really a man?!

When Queen Elvira appeared on the stage the lights flashed and the drums banged loudly. It was noisy for me but maybe not for you…?!

It was nice to see Merlin do a trick and we counted Merlin down to get out of his jacket, which was tied up.

The songs and dancing were good and I recognised some of the tunes.

My verdict on the pantomime is nine out of 10 as some of the talking lasted a very long time but it was a very good afternoon out.

By Toby Spear, aged 8.

Last week’s panto photo competition featured Snow White, serving high tea to the Chief Dwarf in the dining room at Arlington Court. The mystery location was correctly identified by Mrs J Peachey of Sticklepath, Barnstaple.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at The Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple until Monday, January 2 and tickets are available now from the box office on (01271) 324242 or at

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