Monthly Archives: October 2018

Llandudno Panto Roadshow- Diolch!

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Fabulous weather for a week of Panto fun in Llandudno for Venue Cymru. Organised beautifully by Rachel Jones, who looks after Education for Venue Cymru, we did ten shows in the Conwy area.

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Delighted to play to some of the schools who visit The Venue Cymru Pantomime each year, the names I remember well from my Three Pantomime seasons at the theatre, and it is not often you get to visit some of the beautiful views in North Wales as part of your working day! Conwy Castle being just one!

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Conwy by the way has a tea shop with the finest Welsh Raebit in the Principality- rivalled only by the tea room in Salts Mill, Bradford!

This year the Roadshow regulars, Andrew Ryan, Grant Alvarez and myself took the Magic Of Pantomime to Llandulas, Conwy, Colwyn Bay, Abergele, Llysfaen as well as several shows in Llandudno itself. We tell the children about Pantomime, and the traditions, as well as quizzing them on Fairytales.

Llandudno town has its own “Alice In Wonderland” trail, where you can find statues of the Lewis Caroll characters dotted about, and a Hotel, The St Tudno, where Alice Lidell and family stayed on their holidays.

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Croeso!- Welcome to The Pantomime Roadshow!

We travelled up mountains and past waterfalls to take the show around the Conwy area, and back to base in Llandudno each evening to sample some of the best food that Wales has to offer! Lovely to stay at The Can Y Bae once again, my Pantomime home for a good few seasons here!

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A lovely week promoting all things Panto, and of course this year’s Qdos Pantomime “Cinderella” at Venue Cymru. The class includes the delightful Dawson Chance as Baron Hardup. Peter Robbins and I enjoyed many panto seasons with Dawson playing our “Daddy” around the UK.

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Many thanks- Diolch yn Fawr – to Rachel, Richard Jones and to Sarah Ecob for a great Roadshow Week in North Wales- Thanks for looking after us so brilliantly!

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Panto Roadshow on the road!

10th October 2018

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The Panto Roadshow has headed out once again this Autumn, calling at Basingstoke and Llandudno on the way! This week we’re representing The Anvil Theatre’s “Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs” pantomime in the area, and had the good fortune to run into panto enthusiast Joshua Dixon, a regular contributor to the site, on our journeys!

Here’s what Josh had to say about experiencing our touring “Magic Of Pantomime Roadshow” today-

I was thrilled to be able to represent Anvil Arts at the Pantomime
Roadshow this morning hosted by the amazing team at It’s Behind You.
It was a joy to see their hilarious, fast-paced show which not only
kept the children amused with fart gags and references to Peppa Pig
and the ever-catchy Baby Shark but also introduced them to the
characters and traditions of pantomime. I must admit to laughing at
the toilet humour just as much as the children!

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It was lovely to chat to Nigel about the history of the Roadshow
itself and the many incidents that have come with it including fire
alarms going off mid-show!

After a swift break, the children were invited to take part in a
question and answer session. I was only too happy to answer any
questions about The Anvil itself and touched upon the size of the
venue and the post-show auditorium clear up… a mammoth task indeed!
One particular child asked a question regarding Andrew Ryan’s quick
change into the Pantomime Dame. This brought back memories of my
childhood and how amazed I was watching the Dame make many a speedy
entrance, each with a brand new costume. It was a great chance for the
children to find out more about pantomime but also what goes on
backstage.

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A huge thank you to Nigel, Andrew and Grant.

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We’ve had a great week here at Basingstoke, and wish lots of luck to the panto Director also appearing as  Muddles The Jester, our mate Chris Pizzey- better known as Mr Steven to Basil Brush fans

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Chris Pizzey is here with Dani Harmer as Snow White.The show is presented by Martin Dodd for UK Productions.

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Next week we are back in Llandudno for the Qdos /Venue Cymru Panto Roadshow celebrating Cinderella with Tom Parker, Herbie Adams and Natalie Winsor. More news from my second home next week!

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