Pantomime Presents…

PantomimePantomime has received a facelift in recent years, a “rags to riches” transformation. The 80s and 90s saw a gradual decline in quality, and pantomime was regarded as a cheap entertainment option with some glitter to cover the cracks. Some of regional repertories and smaller companies kept the magic alive and reinvigorated it, however audiences began to demand better and slowly pantomime began to improve.

Pantomime is best when created with love and care, each made with a personal, relative method for the audience to connect to. Each production is particular to each audience in each town the pantomime plays in. The more personal the connection the better, so jokes and references are included that only the audience would relate to. The script ultimately pulls the strings of the pantomime together.

Before everything begins, sets, costumes and props are stored away from the previous year’s production and the work begins for the following year. The ‘big name’ is the first essential part of the pantomime, with their name being the attraction to most pantomime audiences. The star must bring a little bit extra that ensures that they can create a special kind of magic that connects with adults and children alike.

Keeping the writing fresh is important, followed by photo shoots, set building, music composition and then casting. Another key member of the team is the dame, which differs greatly between producing companies. For pantomime there must be pretence without pretence: everyone is ‘in’ on the joke but doesn’t give it away. Pantomime is a lot about illusion with no illusion: there is magic but the magic must be transparently human.

From there the rehearsals begin, set is built, sequins are sewed, and there are orchestra calls, choreography sessions, marketing and publicity, front of house dressing, all until the show begins!

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Flawless Set to Appear in Bristol Panto


Flawless, famous by the hit TV show Britain’s Got Talent, is heading to Bristol on December 7 2012 to take part in Aladdin at the Hippodrome, pulling on their festive costumes and thinking ‘panto time’!

The street dance sensations will star alongside Carol McGiffin, Josie Gibson and Andy Ford in this family pantomime which will run from December 7 – January 6 2013, complete with all the audience’s favourite pantomime gags and a special injection of street dance talent from Flawless, starring as the Peking Police Squad.

The group shot to fame by competing in the third series of Britain’s Got Talent where they wowed both audiences and judges alike, even winning the notorious Simon Cowell over. Since then the eight members have rocketed to stardom having appeared in the popular StreetDance films and most recently headlined alongside Kylie Minogue at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. In addition to this, the group featured in the Paralympic opening ceremony 2012 and will be making an appearance on an upcoming results show of this season’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Flawless has also collaborated with English National Ballet earlier this year on their production of Against Time – a fusion of street dance and ballet which dazzled audiences – as well as their own successful 110 date tour Chase the Dream. Aladdin at the Bristol Hippodrome will mark their pantomime debut.

Kevin Wood, Chief Executive of the pantomime producers First Family Entertainment said: “We are thrilled to have secured Flawless to join the cast of Aladdin and look forward to them adding a modern twist to our traditional family pantomime…we have worked extremely hard in securing the boys to give South West audiences the best show ever”.

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