Christmas is the time to embrace your inner child and Doktor James’ Kristmas Karol provides the perfect excuse. Sitting amongst an audience consisting almost entirely of children and their parents I resigned myself to an afternoon of cringingly childish jokes, embarrassingly needy performers and long suffering parental sighs. It was an absolute delight to be completely wrong.
Carrots flew through the air towards the open mouths of antler-wearing parents and even those cynical adults amongst us found ourselves belly-laughing
Instead, Doktor James served up an afternoon of delight, where children were completely engaged with this sumptuous show in front of them, competing with each other to be part of it and had the added bonus of seeing their parents ridiculed and mocked (in the nicest possible way of course).
James Bennison and Tim Goose wrote and performed this masterpiece of Childrens’ entertainment.James as a Ming the Merciless-like relic of 1980’s Flash Gordon and Tim as Timson the Elf. In a nod to almost every sci-fi show ever written,they swapped identities and then spoofed Dickens’ Christmas Carol to give us a lesson on what the true meaning of Christmas is really about. With a plethora of games for both parents & children to participate in, all joined in merrily. When given the opportunity to wrap up their parents in wrapping paper, the kids made the most of the opportunity. Carrots flew through the air towards the open mouths of antler-wearing parents and even those cynical adults amongst us found ourselves belly-laughing. As my companion put it; her sides ached.
For those of us who remember Tiswas the show harkened back to a time when we could just laugh for laughing’s sake. And for those too young to know what Tiswas is, well they just had a great time.Family entertainment at its finest.