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British Panto Awards!

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Thanks to the exhaustive journeys of Daniel Dawson and his team, the British Panto Awards 2016-17 were announced in London on Sunday 12th at the Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue London, and live on Facebook.

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Daniel Dawson introduces the evening

The hosts for this evening were Christopher Biggins and Leon Craig, and the awards were selected from the team that Daniel assembled to see pantomimes far and wide across the country. Daniel’s travels were first blogged here on IBY as he visited as many pantomimes as he could in a season (while keeping up his full time job- that’s a lot of saved up holiday dates in January!). Soon it outgrew his expectations, and now his team of judges assist him in the visits.

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Christopher Biggins hosted the evening aided by Leon Craig.

The venue in The West End & Daniel’s sponsors for the awards tonight.

The full story of The British Panto Awards, and the nominations & winners can be found on http://www.pantoinsider.com

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Leon Craig, Oliver Gray & Dean Horner, Susie McKenna, Sharon D Clark, Damian Williams

 

Here are a list of the awards and the 2017 winners.

PANTO OF THE YEAR 2017

Dick Whittington

Birmingham Hippodrome

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Qdos 

Directed by: Michael Harrison

Starring: John Barrowman, The Krankies, Steve McFadden, Matt Slack, Jodie Prenger & Andrew Ryan

This pantomime won in the 1500 seater plus category

In the 750 -1500 seater category The Winner was:

DICK WHITTINGTON, MARLOWE CANTERBURY: EVOLUTION

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Emily Wood & Paul Hendy. Evolution

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The Marlowe Canterbury Pantomime

And in the below 750 seater category the winner was:

SLEEPING BEAUTY, TOWNGATE, BASILDON (Towngate & Simon Fielding Ltd)

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Basildon Panto

BEST DIRECTOR: 2016/2017 Winner: MICHAEL HARRISON for Cinderella London Palladium

Sponsored by Production, Light and Sound

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Michael Harrison Qdos

BEST STAGING & SET: 2016/2017 Winner: IAN WESTBROOK for Cinderella London Palladium

Sponsored by Rare Design

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Ian Westbrook

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: 2016/2017 Winner: AISLING DUFFY AND SIMON FIELDING Sleeping Beauty, Towngate Basildon.

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION: 2016/2017 Winner: GARY HIND– Cinderella London Palladium

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Gary Hind

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: 2016/2017 Winner: TWINS FX for the Upside Down Moped, Cinderella London Palladium

Sponsored by Production, Light and Sound

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BEST SCRIPT 2016/2017 Winner:CHRISTIAN PATTERSON for Cinderella,  Regent Theatre Stoke

Sponsored by Rare Design

BEST DAME; 2016/2017 Winner: DAMIAN WILLIAMS. Snow White, Sheffield Lyceum

Sponsored by Limelight Scripts

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Damian Williams with Daniel Dawson

BEST COMIC: 2016/2017 Winner: MATT SLACK. Dick Whittington, Birmingham Hippodrome. (Matt is currently in Canada with “Mrs Henderson Presents).

BEST LEADING MALE PERFORMER: 2016/2017 Winner: JULIAN CLARY– Cinderella London Palladium

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BEST LEADING FEMALE PERFORMER: 2016/2017 Winner: OLIVIA BIRCHENOUGH- Cinderella, Floral Pavillion, New Brighton.

BEST DOUBLE ACT: 2016/2017 Winner: THE KRANKIES- Dick Whittington Birmingham Hippodrome

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BEST UGLY SISTERS: 2016/2017 Winner: DEAN HORNER & OLIVER GRAY Cinderella Derby Arena

BEST MALE BADDIE: 2016/2017 Winner: TOM LISTER– Peter Pan Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

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Chris Jordan (producer)  accepts on behalf of Tom Lister

Sponsored by CME Personnel Consultancy

BEST FEMALE BADDIE: 2016/2017 Winner: SHARON D CLARKE– Sleeping Beauty Hackney Empire Theatre.

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Sharon D Clarke & Susie McKenna

BEST SUPPORTING MALE: 2016/2017 Winner: TOM CONNOR- Beauty & the Beast Liverpool Everyman

BEST PANTO FAIRY:     2016/2017 Winner: HANNAH POTTS– Cinderella Regent Theatre Stoke

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Hannah Potts

BEST NEWCOMER TO PANTO: 2016/2017 Winner: GILL JORDAN as ‘DOREEN TIPTON’ Aladdin, Wolverhampton Grand.

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Gill Jordan

At the end of the ceremony a very special award- The Lifetime Achievement Award for Panto went to this evening’s host- Panto Dame extraordinaire- CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS!

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Ashleigh, Pudsey & Sullivan!

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Sullivan and his Crufts 2017 prizes

Readers of the Northampton Dame’s Blog will recognise Sullivan, or “Sully” as he’s known- a fiesty performer who lived for his moment on stage with Ashleigh and Pudsey and the rest of us in “Jack & The Beanstalk” this season.

On Sunday Sullivan was not in a theatre but in a huge arena- THE Crufts arena at Birmingham NEC. Along with Pudsey he was competing in the the Agility  section of the world famous show in front of many thousands- including Andrew Ryan and myself!

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Sully won a first in his group, and just narrowly missed the overall prize in the final held just before “Best In Show”. He raced like a streak of lightning barking all the way, and was just loving his first time at Crufts! Pudsey , a seasoned veteran was just as enthusiastic, and completed his agility course, leaving Ashleigh and her Mum Penny in floods of tears- his performance was flawless, but Ashleigh has decided to retire him from cometition. This was his final race around the green carpet at Crufts. So honoured to be there to watch it.

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Pudsey on beginners!

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Sullivan in mid flight

It was a great day and got the chance to catch up with Ashleigh before the finals. Ashleigh, Pudsey and Sullivan will be appearing in “Jack & The Beanstalk” this year at High Wycombe for Qdos.

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The end of a great day… time for some of the competitors to take a nap!

Craft Of Panto Workshop Details

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Craft of Panto – A panto workshop

Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is!

Sunday April 2nd 2017     10am-5pm

LLANDUDNO

If you are an actor, amateur or professional and involved in putting on Christmas pantomimes, this is a rare opportunity to learn the skills of a pantomime Dame!

Pantomime comedy is a specialised area …… come along, discover and develop your skills to perform in a pantomime with guidance from Nigel Ellacott.

Nigel Ellacott is one of the UK’s most respected pantomime Dames. He’s performed in the Venue Cymru pantomime many times and has also toured the area with his famous panto roadshow.

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Photo courtesy of Paul Sampson

Venue Cymru is hosting a weekend of events, talks and workshops related to comedy- performing and writing. This “Craft Of Panto” workshop is one of a number of events in the town. The venue for Nigel’s Panto workshop will be the

Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Chapel

LLandudno
Conwy
Wales
LL30 2sw

Sunday at the chapel may never look the same! The day runs from  10am-5pm

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There will be limited availability to allow everyone to become involved in working on sections of panto script and panto routines in groups. There will also be the opportunity to take a brief look at the Traditions and history of panto and The Panto Dame within the framework.

Tickets are at £12.00 for the session, and must be booked in advance via the Venue Cymru link below:

https://venuecymru.co.uk/whats-on/Craft-of-Panto-Workshop-17.html

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