Technical talk - UK Pantomime pt.1
By Howard Bird for The Stage
This Saturday night will see the close of many pantomimes up and down the country. The frocks will be cleaned and stored away, the props crated and the scenery packed off to whichever hire company had the honour to provide it. The artists will disperse and the technical crew will de-rig and hopefully look forward to a break before the next big bash.
That will be it for another season as the theatre returns to some sort of artistic credibility until the brochures announce the 05/06 season with a “bigger and better than ever”. Even now the agents will be doing deals with the stars and predicting who will be hot to Dame Trott later this year. click for more
************************* Technical Talk - UK Pantomime pt.2
By Robin Johnson for The Stage
Last week, Howard wrote a piece here in which the words ‘lambast’ and ‘pantomime’ were inseparable bedfellows. He admits that he has never liked pantomime, a view I disagree with. Personally, I thoroughly enjoy it. However, there is a very big ‘but’.
Done well, pantomime can be superb. I say done well because it is extraordinarily easy to do badly. I think the reason that Howard and many others have such a problem is because panto is deep in crisis.
The trouble is that it is virtually always the same boring old thing. All those yawn-inducing old tales like Aladdin, Cinderella, Mother Goose, Puss in Boots and the rest, repeated year-on-year with the same tired old gags and lack of imagination. click for more