Things to do in Cork this Christmas
Panto is always a firm Christmas favourite in our house and this year we were again blown away with the production of Aladdin in The Cork Opera House. The best thing about Panto for me is that we have such a wonderful laugh with the children. This year I even felt that they understood more and really got a good kick out of it.
Opening in spectacular style with music from The Greatest Showman, this fast pace performance full of glitter, bold middle-eastern colours and comedy in every line wowed us the whole way through. Every year the Cork Opera House will find a way to up the standard even when it seems impossible and this year I feel that the props and sets took on a whole new life of their own. The magical carpet ride dazzled the audience swooping and hovering above the stage along with the opening scene with the face of a cobra snake recalling the legend and much much more all infused the imaginations.
I cannot fail to mention of course the wonderful and crazy characters including Wishee Washee, the evil uncle, the fabulous genie, and Frank Mackey’s as grand dame, Nanny Nellie. Some of the gags included many topical and local references such as the Beast from the East, Peter Casey, Michael D, Ed Sheeran in pairc ui chaoimh and a whole bus full of Billy Murphys from The Young Offenders. Lines from Nanny Nellie like: “You can wear Penney’s, when you have a Brown Thomas face” and her fantastic song featuring all the streets of Cork made sure there the adults were well and truly falling off their seats!
There was never of fear of being bored as the script rolled into one dance routine to the next in very quick succession and of course show of such superb proportions would only have to finish with compilation of Abba’s greatest hits!
Finally, what panto would not be complete this year without a rendition from Baby Shark and adults versus children competition! The entire experience is one of wonder, excitement, drama and adventure. The show runs until Sunday 20th January so make a booking before it all sells out as it is our number one of things to do in Cork this Christmas!