A MAGICAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF PANTOMIME ...

For an anniversary year, a gala production, or simply something out of the ordinary, this “celebration of pantomime” could be just what you're looking for! 

Our story starts in the Land of Make Believe, the home of all panto characters, from where Poison Ivy, the wicked witch, banishes some of our friends, wiping their memories in the process.  With the help of Fairy Honeysuckle, the characters “try out” parts in 6 different pantomimes, one per scene, until they find where they belong.

This innovative concept offers far more variety and interest value than any individual pantomime, for both audience and cast alike! It can be staged with just four full stage sets, most of which are repeated for other scenes, but there are plenty of opportunities and suggestions in the script for the more ambitious.

"...One of the best Christmas productions I have seen for many years, written and directed by Alan Frayn.  It features scenes from several well-loved pantomimes and children's stories.  Cinderella is the finale, in which the characters complete their quest for true happiness and fulfilment, despite the efforts of the Wicked Witch and her assistant, Wizbad.  In nearly 30 years of reviewing, I cannot remember using so many superlatives to describe one show."   (The Stage Magazine)

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7 main principal characters
8 cameo roles
Plenty of involvement for Chorus and Dancers
4 or 5 main full-stage sets
plus front of Tabs or front cloth scenes

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AMATEUR STAGE MAGAZINE WROTE ...

"...The premise of this pantomime amalgam intrigued me considerably.  A group of four standard pantomime characters - the Dame, Principal Boy, Principal Girl and the helpful but inept Simpleton, are tricked out of their home in "The Land of Make Believe" by the Evil Witch, losing their memories in the process.  They then have to assume the lead roles in a succession of traditional panto vignettes in order to re-establish their identities.  They work their way through versions of Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Jack & the Beanstalk, Snow White and Cinderella before recovering their memories and their true identities.  The various scenes are all linked by the continued machinations of the Evil Witch and her hapless assistant.

I found that the script flows well and audiences will all instantly recognise the familiar mini-pantos portrayed.  The characters too are easily recognisable by their dialogue and actions and there are some genuinely funny lines.  Overall, this is a clever script which will certainly appeal."