Reviews from national and regional newspapers
"The Krankies came on and saved the day. Bawdy jokes were delivered
with wit and style. Husband and wife team Ian Janette had the audience in fits with there
The Northern Echo
"The Krankies have a whole range of comedy routines at there
disposal... Janette's Madonna spoof Miniature Girl danced with
two of the leggiest ladies in showbiz
won't be running about in my shorts and cap aged 70"
Scottish Sunday Mail
Plus, take a look at this
clip from The Scotsman
The Glasgow Herald 23rd November
Kranking it up again
The Glasgow Herald 27th
It’s true: she nose, you know
the official panto watchdog,would like to reassure any parents of a nervous –oh,
overly-PC- disposition. Janette Krankie does not do anything with that famously
extending nose that your kids wouldn’t want to do with it themselves.And when it
grows’n’grows’n’grows- which does rather magnificently-her wide-eyed Pinocchio
gleefully makes it wiggle and wave, has it nod in the direction of a saucy
innuendos without spoiling the joke by rendering it too verbly explicit. But
then as Ofpants never tires of telling me,
Krankie is a class act who is absolutely in her element in Pav pantos.
last did Pinocchio here in 1998, with Ian Krankie- then as now – serving up
prime Parma ham as Italian puppet-maker Geppetto. It’s a much much better
looking show this time round, tho Collodi’s original story still stays mainly in
the wings while the Blue Fairy ( Alison Douglas)
into action on roller skates, Jimminy Christian (Chris McClure) signs on as
Pinocchio’s singalong conscience, and his best friend Lampwick (Gary Hollywood)
decides he’s old enough to sweep the fairy off her wheels.
large the baddies keep us in touch with the plot, announcing evil intent with
much basso profundo heh-heh-heh-ing, in Derek Lord’s case and some nifty
repartee when Fox (Mark Cox) and Cat (Jane McCarry) are clutzily up to no good.
genial, generous-hearted stuff liberally interspersed with quality covers of
this year’s hit numbers, while Sheridian Nicol has, as ever, an inventive touch
with the dance routines.
best and most irresistible fun still has the Krankie lable on it, whether she’s
winding him up something rotten or he’s yo-yo-ing her on and off his knee in
their evergreen ventriloquist act. “ She nose,you know” chortled Ofpants,
misusing another outstanding
Comedienne’s catch –
phrase. She does indeed
by a nose
Mail on Sunday
Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
Bright, sparkly, slightly
coarse and appealing to the widest possible audience, Pinocchio is the
sort of show the Pavilion was made for. And oh, yes – it stars The Krankies.
Husband and wife team Ian
and Janette Tough are still going strong, living proof that variety is not dead.
Children of a certain
generation will remember The Krankies from their television appearance in which
Janette’s naughty school-boy character Jimmy played off her partner’s long-
suffering grown-up persona.
Children of the present
generation have to get off the sofa and see them in the flesh to experience
their unique blend of inspired daftness.
The Pinocchio story really
has little to do with what you get here. As with all Panto’s , its merely the
thinnest of threads running through a series of sketches and jokes that are
rude, crude… and usually very funny.
Janette/ Jimmy plays the
title role, while Ian takes on the part of puppet maker Geppetto in very West
of Scotland, Italian ice-a-da-cream-a style.
The spirit of Jimmy shines
through, as Pinocchio gets naughtier than Disney would have ever allowed.
The character’s famous
growing nose takes on a life of its own here, and there are plenty of
opportunity for humour that may or may not be lost on younger members of the
audience. But it was all good clean dirty fun, and the crowd loved it.
Like all great double
acts,the Krankies each seem to know what the other one is thinking, even when
it comes to ad libs. One seemingly off-the-cuff line leads to another
and, before we know it, they’re off into the comic
At the end they reappeared
as we know and love them. Janette-in shorts, blazer and cap- was in full Jimmy
mode, getting naughtier and naughtier with a series of lavatorial jokes only
school-boys know how to deliver.
Then came the piece de
resistance that was both fabulously funny and brilliantly executed. Up Jimmy
jumped on to Ian’s lap to become a bog-eyed, arms flailing ventriloquist’s
Every move was clearly
very carefully rehearsed, but it came across as seamless comedy.
Janette and Ian were in
full frantic flow – and it was heaven.
for laughs…The Krankies have a heaven-scent to sniff out comedy