The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Monday, 12 December 1988

The Final Pantos


BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN PERFORMING ARTS DECEMBER 1988

10.00am (Mrs Man) Ethel Tipple School

Panto at St James’ Boys’ School, performance starts 2pm

 

‘Mexican Radio’ – Wall of Voodoo



 

We did the final Pantos today

 

THE DAY PANTOMIME ENDED AT ETHEL TIPPLE SCHOOL FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

Another semi-sad production for me and a few others, as we felt great sympathy for the young children to whom we were performing.  Like the Alderman Jackson performance, this was played very strictly + very closely to our original conception.

 

During this performance and the afternoon show at St James’ Boys School, the role of PRINCE CHARMING was taken by Jane Thorne (due to the absence of Jolene Morse).

 

THE DAY PANTOMIME ENDED AT ST JAMES’ INFANTS SCHOOL

This show was not without its minor hitches.  After quite a successful Panto ‘tour’ we are all getting rather giddy about the end of term.  By now, characters are walking in singing topical pop songs or the theme from NEIGHBOURS, which really gets the kids giggling – especially when it undermines a character who’s supposed to possess some authority.  Other tiny topical references can also be pinpointed in the video of this performance, which was rather nicely filmed by the Borough Skills Dept, King’s Lynn.

 

As this was the last show of the ‘tour’, we rather naughtily spent a lot of time trying to get each other to corpse.  It was classic when, unbeknown to the audience, Dorothy handed Puss In Boots the list of items to collect and it actually read: ‘NICE BIT OF PUSSY – I WANT YOUR SEX’.  Puss had to turn around creasing her head off and trying not to show it.  Poor Sharon.  Surprisingly, it was one of our most energetic performances and every member of the cast handled any ‘distractions’ extremely well.

 

The thing with Justine’s got to be a bit too much, so I avoided her completely.

 




 

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Next time: ‘The new Olivier…’

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