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Oz Panto's Sleeping Beauty: A Knight Avenger's Tale is a Ripper of a Show

Friday 29th of June to Sunday 8th of July
by EricaL (follow)
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Sleeping Beauty performing at the Comedy Theatre until 8 July

A quarter of the way into Oz Panto’s opening performance of Sleeping Beauty: A Knight Avengers Tale my husband turned to me and said, “this is really funny!” ..“I know” I replied with a grin on my face, because I knew it would be!

Oz Panto's Sleeping Beauty: A Knight Avenger's Tale

Having grown up with British Panto and seeing Oz Panto perform The Adventures of Peter Pan & Tinker Bell with my son this time last year, I knew we’d be in for a treat.

Sleeping Beauty: A Knight Avenger’s Tale is a proper British Pantomime, which might be a first for some of you (husband included). British Panto (for short) is traditionally performed at Christmas time in the UK, and is a fairy tale themed theatre show infused with comedy and audience participation.

Oz Panto's Sleeping Beauty: A Knight Avenger's Tale

Throw all your expectations of a serious theatre performance out of the window because Oz Panto’s Sleeping Beauty is the complete opposite. Think over-the-top sets and costumes, exaggerated characters, tonnes of puns and a surprise pop music number or two.

The story follows the tale of Sleeping Beauty but much like any good panto, expect the unexpected and a belly full o’ laughs along the way!

Without giving too much away, the shining stars of Sleeping Beauty: A Knight Avenger’s Tale in our opinions were Kev Orkian returning to the Oz Panto stage as “Silly Billy” and Rhonda Burchmore as the wicked Fairy Godmother Carabosse.

Kev Orkian stole the show as "Smee" in the 2017 performance of Peter Pan and he did the same once more playing "Silly Billy" in Sleeping Beauty this year. Kev is a quick-witted comedy genius with an amazing stage presence.

TV and theatre favourite Rhonda Burchmore's larger-than-life character Caraboose caused quite a stir; she's gleefully wicked and frightfully fabulous.

Bonnie Lythgoe you've done it again. Oz Panto's Sleeping Beauty: A Knight Avenger's Tale is a ripper of a show that is guaranteed to wake you from your wintery slumber!

It might not be the festive season, but if you're all about embracing the whole Christmas-in-July concept and joining in with the British Panto thing, this is the right way to do it.

"Oh no it isn't" .. "Oh yes it is!"

Sleeping Beauty: A Knight Avenger's Tale at the Comedy Theatre runs for a very limited season; closing 8 July 2018 before flying off to Sydney.

Oz Panto: Book your tickets now!

Where: The Comedy Theatre, Exhibition Street, Melbourne
When: 29 June - 8 July, 2018.
Book: www.ozpanto.com

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