Qdos Entertainment's creative team of director Alex Norton, choreographer Karen Martin and writer Alan McHugh once again take on north-east Scotland's biggest panto at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen.
In their ninth year, dame Alan McHugh and sidekick Jordan Young have become a panto institution in the Granite City and their local knowledge is evident in their creatively crafted lyrics and trademark wordplay.
Panto stalwart Elaine C Smith returns as the Wicked Queen in her fourth consecutive Aberdeen panto. Her initial entrance is lacklustre, but she soon gets into her stride, despite the mirror failing to live up to its magic billing.
Adding the necessary fairytale magic, Frances Mayli McCann as Snow White sings beautifully and looks every bit the part, working well with Matt Wilman as Prince Peter.
The first act ends on a high as the Doric Dragon voiced by Scottish entertainment legend Robbie Shepherd flies out from the stage across the audience. But this dramatic entrance fails to live up to expectation, as the dragon makes only a brief and rather spurious appearance in the second act.
This panto team has been working together for a number of years and the genre is their core strength, enabling them to gloss over opening-night glitches. Combined with local knowledge and observation, you get a truly wicked panto perfectly tailored for the local audience.