Panto Day celebrates 5th Anniversary with Year of the Dame!
After four fantastic years of Panto Day fun, Panto Day celebrates its fifth anniversary with the Year of the Dame.
From Widow Twankey to Dame Trot, the ever popular damsel in a dress is the driving force of many a pantomime and to honour her importance, this year’s celebrations will focus on the art of Daming.
On Friday 11th December, theatres across the UK will come together for what is now a firm fixture in the annual theatre calendar. As well as celebrations in the theatres themselves, Panto Day’s online hub Celebratepanto.co.uk will be bursting with new content.
The Panto Advice Page will welcome six new Dame-related articles written by the industry’s leading practitioners, whilst the team behind last year’s fascinating insight into music and pantomime have been busy creating a brand new docu-feature exploring what it means to be and play Dame today.
Since October 11th, @Panto_Day and Facebook.com/celebratepanto have been hosting a #dameoftheday to showcase the industry’s leading lights. Dames have been nominated by the general public and can be seen in their most outlandish costumes accompanied by a headshot to expose the transformation process from actor to cross-dressed cultural icon.
Come Panto Day itself, 11th December will see social media awash with behind-the-scenes tweeting, special blogs, interviews, Q&As, competitions and of course the return of the global phenomenons which are the #pantopout and #pantoplank.
Theatres up and down the country will be handing out Panto Day crosswords, wordsearches and ‘Design a Dame Dress’ colouring sheets with performances themselves embracing Panto Day in their own special way.
Panto Day Founder Simon Sladen said:
“We can’t wait to see what cross-dressed capers ensue this year as Panto Day celebrates its fifth anniversary. The Year of the Dame is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate one of Pantoland’s best loved roles and shine a spotlight on what makes her so special.”
For further information, please contact: Simon Sladen Panto Day Co-ordinator
Panto Day 2015 will be celebrated on Friday 11th December.
· The very first Panto Day was celebrated on Thursday December 1st 2011.
· Panto Day’s official website can be found at www.celebratepanto.co.uk
· Panto Day’s Facebook page can be found at: www.facebook.com/celebratepanto
· Panto Day’s YouTube profile can be found at: www.youtube.com/celebratepanto
· The National Database of Pantomime Performance can be found at: http://www.pantoperformances.info/
· You can follow the latest Panto Day news on Twitter @Panto_Day