Ipswich rock pantos are now so familiar that the waiting instruments seem to have taken root.
Aficionados might say that nothing after 1960 was rock ‘n’ roll, meaning that only Tutti Frutti qualified.
But there is still a welter of high tempo numbers.
When the Fairy (Shirley Darroch) drops her lovable Cockney screech and sings the Byrds’ Turn, Turn, Turn, it is a moment of relief.
Dick (AJ Dean), in jeans, t-shirt and leather jacket, far from his medieval origins, looks like Macaulay Culkin playing James Dean. CiCi Howells fills the cat suit with lithe abandon. Sean Kingsley’s Dame has good gags and grand fun with an inspanned audience member. Dan de Cruz’s King Rat is a kind of swaggering military punk.
All, from Nicola Hawkins’ winning heroine to the small part players, sing with ear-shaking force and play instruments.
The panto, written by Peter Rowe and directed by Rob Salmon, can be seen until 25 January.