Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor Express - December 8th, 2006
Posh panto for grown-ups!
With a distinguished cast conventionally dressed, you might think that The Mill at Sonning’s latest production is an antidote to pantomime. You’d be wrong! Ray Cooney’s farce, IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY, is panto for grown-ups, a fast-paced rollercoaster of good old-fashioned fun.
There are plenty of similarities to panto – particularly men dressing up as women, and all the jokes that produces; soda siphon squirting, and funny accents, not to mention Patrick Monckton’s wheelchair performance which was of Shakespearian proportions. Everyone who has ever been in panto says it's hard work but it’s the one time of the year when you can let your hair down.
The same can be said for IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY. There are so many coming and goings it’s hard to keep up. Richard Derrington, as Dr Hubert Bonney, must have a particularly hard job remembering what he should be covering up as Dr David Mortimore (Michael Cochrane) endeavours to keep his illegitimate son a secret before delivering a lecture which could win him a knighthood.
There are some smashing performances, all delivered with silly, hysterical perfection – a real chance for the cast to let rip under the talented direction of Ron Aldridge, and get in the Christmas spirit.