Panto Day 2019
Friday 13th December

Category: Panto Advice

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Writing a Pantomime

I’ve been a professional writer for almost eight years working on, among other things, television soap and several plays. I’ve been writing pantom...
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What makes a Sister?

Great Sisters come from great partnerships, two actors who realise individually they are not the star of the show, but together are a tour de force of...
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What Kind of Comedy?

There are many different types of comedy most of which pop up in pantomime productions every year. The kinds that I think should be essential and in e...
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The Perfect Panto

Panto is a genre attended by people of all ages so it’s important to remember who your audience are and ensure something for everyone. We look to ha...
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Playing the Dame

I always wanted to be a panto professional and Dame seemed a natural part for me. However, it’s really unusual to play Dame as a young man and I thi...
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Playing the Dame

by Damian Williams When playing a panto dame, always remember, and this is important, that there should be doubt in the audience’s mind that you are...
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Playing the Comic

Pantomime is a unique type of show, when trying to explain it to American friends I find the simplest way is to say it’s like a vaudeville show with...
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Playing Principal Boy and Fairy

Over the last 20 years, I’ve played a variety of different roles from fairies toMy first professional job during my final year at Arts Educational, ...
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Designing a Panto

Scenic design for pantomines is based on traditional theatre scenery from the Victorian era and beyond, with the use of the proscenium arch and ‘leg...
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Controlling the Nerves and the Audience

The First Day! Cast your minds back, if you would be so kind, to the first day at school! Done? Don’t lie, I bet you can’t actually remember it, I...