Diss Corn Hall’s Christmas show again demonstrated what community theatre can achieve. In contrast to the gentle melancholy of last year’s Wind in the Willows, Perils of Pinocchio was a more knockabout affair.
There were still jokes for Mum and Dad to enjoy, but for the most part, a family audience was kept entertained with well-choreographed pratfalls and wince-inducing Christmas cracker jokes.
In a production where the most important element was enthusiasm, it seems invidious to point out individual performances, but Henry did a great job of carrying the show as Pinocchio. Robbie brought gravitas to Geppetto, while Grant and Penny made a fine Fox and Cat.
It was Ben that commanded the stage - as the evil Mozzarelli, he was the classic pantomime villain.
This production demands good staging, and the sets and costumes were excellent, as was Will’s imaginative lighting, while the puppetry was good fun. This sort of event brings the best out of local communities, and exemplifies the spirit of the season.