“Panto is only for Christmas isn’t it?” I hear you shout at your screen. My answer? “Oh no it isn’t!”
Why are we doing a pantomime at Easter?
Panto is a magical family experience that you can enjoy with all of the family, and while most Panto’s take place over Christmas time, there are actually Panto’s at different times of the year all over the country. Easter Panto’s regularly tour, Weymouth has a smashing summer panto every year ‘Pirates of the Pavillion’ and plenty of amateur Panto’s take place in January and February, even March. Last year I saw a Halloween panto, which I thought was a rather good idea!
Easter is a time when your kids have 2 weeks off school, and perhaps you’re looking for something you can with every generation of the family, so we’ve tailored Jack in the Beanstalk to fit in with your routine. The show starts at 7pm in the evenings and lasts for 1 hour (so the kids won’t be too late to bed), and we’ve set the show outdoors so we have an added depth to the whole experience. We’d love you to arrive early and bring a picnic to enjoy as a family before settling down to watch the show. Then, after the show you’ll have the chance to come up on stage and meet the characters and have your photo taken with them.
But what if it rains?
We’ve thought long and hard about this, and come to the conclusion that it’s as likely to rain in April as it is in August here in the UK so we might as well take the chance. If it drizzles, we’ll see a sea of coats and umbrellas in the audience, if it rains harder we have some contingency plans which we’ll contact you with if necessary.
Access to the gardens
For our performances at Connaught Gardens, there is full disabled access to the gardens from the roadside and any wheelchair users will have just as good a view as the rest of the audience, as everyone will be bringing their own chairs and picnic blankets to sit on.
Why is the show only an hour long?
We’ve decided to make the show one hour long so that if you have young children they’re not too late to bed. Plus 7pm to 8pm at Easter time should bring a beautiful sunset across the show. We’ve fitted the same slapstick fun and panto tradition into an hour featuring pop hits and classic panto routines with a modern twist.
Will you get wet on stage then?
Well, while we are covered by a roof on the stage, there will be a scene where one of the cast gets very wet indeed! To find out which one, you’ll have to come along and watch the show!
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Script by Jack Northcott