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Is this the gayest pantomime of all time?

Is this the gayest pantomime of all time?

Mother Goose Cracks One Out: Main characters Tommy and Chester with a goose

A hairy fairy named Dandelion enters stage right, then an evil witch named Mephista (pronounced me-fist-her) enters stage left.

They set the scene and the plot is clear – prove a dragged-up Mother Goose (played by Matthew Baldwin) cannot turn corrupt when tempted with fortune.

And it only gets gayer from here, folks.

Cast of Mother Goose Cracks One Out
Mother Goose Cracks One Out. | Photo: PBGstudios

Created by Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper, Mother Goose Cracks One Out features hilarious musical numbers, double entendres and fabulous foibles.

It’s one pantomime you won’t stop laughing at.

Rugburn wants a Pride

Mother Goose is the kindest woman in the northern English town of Rugburn. She would give the clothes off her back if she had to.

But when a mysterious goose (named Priscilla) that lays golden eggs shows up on her door, cracks begin to show.

Her gay son Tommy (Liam Woodlands-Mooney) also deals with dating the only other gay boy (Chester, played by Christian Andrews) in town, who isn’t actually out to his dad. This is despite his penchant for rainbows and short shorts, as well as his super flamboyant mannerisms.

Chester from Mother Goose Cracks One Out
Mother Goose Cracks One Out. | Photo: PBGstudios

The town of Rugburn also want to host its first ever Pride event, but not everything goes according to plan.

It was the same for the storyline too, unfortunately.

Mother Goose forgot her lines in a couple of moments during the performance, then was steered back in the right direction by other actors on stage. She handled it well and the audience didn’t seem to mind.

Priscilla, in Mother Goose Cracks One Out
Priscilla, in Mother Goose Cracks One Out. | Photo: PBGstudios

Although Priscilla the goose didn’t have many lines, she was one of the funniest on stage. She has a hilarious monologue, in which she interrogates herself.

Overall, it featured jaw-dropping jokes, laugh out loud moments and classic pantomime crowd interaction.

A must-see.

4.5/5

Mother Goose Cracks One Out runs from 4 December to 12 January at the Above the Stag Theatre in London’s Vauxhall. Buy tickets at Above the Stag.

See also:

REVIEW: Holding the Man: A timeless story of endless gay love and loss

Southern Baptist Sissies: The gay Book of Mormon come to life (and stage)

The Life is an edgy exploration of 1980s New York City – Southwark Playhouse