Panto Day 2020
Friday 18th December

Category: Panto Advice

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From Sketchbook to Stage: A Designer’s View

When Designing a Sleeping Trees Christmas Show, it is an experience like no other! Not only are you considering the usual traditions expected from a p...
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Spectacle, Special Effects and the WOW Factor

From start to finish the process to create some of the our effects that we produce for panto takes up to 12 months in advance of the shows. We usually...
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Video and Projection Design for Pantomime

I have been thinking back to this time last year when we opened Cinderella at Fairfield Halls a great deal recently. This was – for the pantomim...
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Crystal Clear: Sound Design

In my 27 years working in theatre, I had managed to avoid the ‘Christmas shows’ aka pantomime for 23 of them! That is until the wonderful ...
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Supervising the music as Musical Supervisor

The role of Musical Supervisor is to essentially be in charge of the music and how it sounds. What this actually entails varies from production to pro...
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5 Ways to Make the Most of a Short Rehearsal Period

Pantomime rehearsal periods are renowned for being the shortest in the industry. It keeps costs affordable for producers, but how do we make sure we c...
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Signing in Panto

Whenever I go to see a show with captions on a box away from the stage and or sign language interpretation at the side of the stage, I feel I’m sitt...
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Battling Villainy and Magic

The Beast’s transformation, Cinderella’s carriage, the accelerated growth of the Beanstalk, the Genie of the Lamp; none of these would exist witho...
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Taking flight as Tink

Returning to Neverland for my fourth year playing Tinkerbell feels like coming home. I’m gifted my fairy wings once more and reunited with my best f...
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Being the Best at being Bad

After starting off my panto life playing princesses, I then had a few years in comedy roles – fairies etc and then made the transition into the badd...