High sea jinks

John Barrowman and the Krankies find their sea legs aboard the tall ship Glenlee. Photo courtesy of Iain McLean (www.iainmclean.com).
John Barrowman and the Krankies find their sea legs aboard the tall ship Glenlee. Photo courtesy of Iain McLean (www.iainmclean.com).

TRAVEL plans may have been scuppered by wild weather in recent weeks, but it won’t stop the cast of the SECC pantomime from setting sail this Saturday.

This year’s festive feast is Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates, a swashbuckling adventure starring usual stage suspects John Barrowman and the Krankies.

Glasgow-born Barrowman takes the title role, with the camp classic duo playing captain Crusoe and — or course — Jimmy Crusoe.

Last year’s Aladdin was the Clyde Auditorium’s first foray into panto, complete with 3D special effects — and this year’s offering promises even more of the technological craze (although whether you want to see Jimmy Krankie in 3D glory, we leave to your judgement, dear readers).

Executive producer Michael Harrison commented: “We’re thrilled that John and the Krankies are returning to the SECC where they had a fantastic run last Christmas.

“John’s showmanship, together with the hilarious antics of the Glasgow panto favourites, and combined with ground-breaking 3D, means that audiences are in for another spectacular pantomime”.

It’s a tall order for the team this year, who originally set out to stage Sleeping Beauty (a version of which is currently running at the King’s Theatre).

The production was changed in April, with the fairytale princess swapped for swabbing on deck – in fact, the cast staged their first photos at tall ship Glenlee, in the interests of finding their sea legs.

And let’s face it, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the panto — whether that’s in a kingdom far far away or post-shipwreck.

Whatever your take on the classic tale, panto remains a tried and tested fun formula for this time of year – and after the battering the city has taken, perhaps we could all use a brief oasis on a desert island.

n Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates runs at the SECC Clyde Auditorium from Saturday until January 7. Tickets start at £12, available on 0844 395 2011 or www.ticketSOUP.com.