Oh yes it is - Aladdin coming to Stornoway

All the cast on stage.
All the cast on stage.

PANTO lovers in Stornoway should get ready for a three-day stint of magic carpets and lamps as the story of Aladdin - betrayal, hope, romance, magic and all, comes to town next week.

One of the worlds’ most loved and enduring folk tales is coming to the stage in An Lanntair between January 16th and 19th to kickstart the New Year with a song, dance and heart warming pantomime.

As always, Widow Twankey will play a key role in the story as Aladdin’s mum and Colin Ridgewell, the man behind Twankey’s makeup playing the pantomime dame, is excited to be brining the pantomime to the islands.

And he hopes the island crowd have their cheering and booing voices primed and ready.

“Audience participation is what pantomime is all about for me,” explained the former Grange Hill actor.

“We have a lot of school audiences and when we meet them for the first time we like to encourage them to join in. Panto is audience interaction with the classic ‘Oh no she isn’t’ and ‘oh yes she is,’ booing and cheering and all that helps us.

“While it is very nice if an audience is very well behaved and quiet we much prefer it when they are cheering and jeering and getting involved.”

Since the current run began on December 5th, Colin and the rest of the cast have performed the pantomime a whopping 53 times so with their craft well rehearsed and polished, Stornoway fans are in for a treat.

“Aladdin is one of the most loved and traditional pantomime but Stuart Morrison (Director) has added a hint of futuristic special effects which alongside the traditional parts help captivate the audience.”