Under the new guardianship of Imagine Theatre, this swashbuckling pantomime adventure breathes new life into the traditional offering at Glasgow’s Pavilion this Christmas.

This Glasgow institution benefits from a fresh pair of eyes after decades of incredible service from former theatre manager Iain Gordon.

The story follows the traditional tale with some panto magic sprinkled in, seeing plucky laddie Jim Hawkins (Scott Fletcher) on an adventure on the high seas to find the secret treasure on aptly-named Treasure Island.

There’s pirates – the evil Long John Silver (Jack Jester) brings out the boo’s – and romance, as Polly Pollock (the brilliant Jennifer Neil) catches the eye of our Jim.

From refreshed costumes to a side-splitting new script, there’s loads to welcome in this new partnership.

It might not yet have the polish of other Imagine pantomimes but it does, crucially, keep the heart of the Pavilion panto that audiences know and love – distinctly its own form of chaos.

An open and inclusive environment for people of all ages to let loose, this chaotic cacophony of fun and laughter is utterly mad – and it’s irresistible not to be caught up in the wildness of it all.

Eric Potts’ script is packed to the rafters with routines, sketches and references to the locale – because what would a pantomime be without its local references!

A relative rarity in panto, Valissa Scott takes on the reigns of Dame Henrietta Hawkins. With a cracking command of her audience and a belter of a voice to boot, she fits in perfectly to the Pavilion team.

And as daft boy Willie Hawkins, comic and co-writer Liam Dolan really shines. He brings the silliness in bucket loads, with something for kids young and old to enjoy.

The tech gremlins might have been out in force with some tricky sound issues early in the run, but this cast do a stellar job to keep this ship sailing.

Regulars at the Pavilion panto will be delighted to see it reach even greater levels of manic joy. New audiences will

Treasure Island is a brilliant show that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Full of festive fun, high-sea capers and music, this is a swashbuckling adventure that all the family will enjoy.

Treasure Island at the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow until Sunday 14th January 2024 – https://www.paviliontheatre.co.uk/shows/treasure-island/