Snow White and the Adventures of Sammy Sausages

 

REVIEW: Tivoli TheatreSnow White is just a minor character in this panto, which has a post-modern fairy tale at its heart. This is a narrative of cross-dressed lovers, off-the-cuff in-jokes, and so many queer gags you might be at a drag show.

Its protagonists are Sammy Sausages (Alan Hughes) and Buffy the Man-Eater (Rob Murphy in drag), who guide the hapless heroes of the fairy tale subplot to safety. Witless brothers Jealousy (Kevin Hynes) and Envy (Anthony Blake), and Magic Mirror (Brian “Bridie” Dowling), complete a cast of camp minor characters who wouldn’t be out of place at Alternative Miss Ireland. That the musical centrepieces revolves around Gangnam Style by Psy and the winning song from this year’s Eurovision (Loreen’s Euphoria in a powerful rendition by Niamh Kavanagh as the evil queen Malaria) confirms the agenda.

But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for the kids. Indeed, despite Richard Levin’s flashy sets and a snazzy magic mirror, the small stage at the Tivoli evokes a school-play setting. It also invites an intimacy with the audience, which Sammy and Buffy exploit at every opportunity. Within the first few minutes, children are shouting back catchphrases (to “he’s behind you” add “sairtinly” and “tanks a tousand”). By the end they are dancing in the aisles, and some (the constantly abused daddies in the audience) on the stage.

The soundtrack is culled from the pop charts – Rhianna, Pink, Take That – and Paul Ryder’s choreography is easily imitated by the audience. The aesthetic is tacky as tinsel, but you can’t argue with giddy girls and boys waving neon glo-sticks in delight. The product placement, however, leaves a sour taste.

Until January 13th

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.