Streaming Saturday 12 December 2020 – Saturday 2 January 2021
Tickets £10 for 1 day’s access
Written by Chelsea Morgan
Directed by Rachel McMurray
Assistant Director Ben Cain
Films by Grant Archer
Although we’re all missing the spectacle of the Coliseum panto this year, we’ve created a digital offer that gives you the opportunity to invite Dame Dotty Trott (actor Richard J Fletcher) and Cinderella (actor Shorelle Hepkin) into your home for unique tellings of their famous tales.
Straight off the Coliseum stage these much-loved panto characters tell their stories as you’ve never heard them before – from their own perspective. Choose from either Jack and the Beanstalk with Dame Dotty Trott or Cinderella with Cinderella herself, with access to the online video for a whole day.
Expect a few new twists in these famous stories. Does Dotty Trott really think she’s the true Giant Slayer? Find out how tough Cinderella really had it when she reveals all the Ugly Sisters’ secrets…
Panto Digital Storytelling: Cinderella and Panto Digital Storytelling: Jack and the Beanstalk are pre-recorded videos not a live streams. Each ticket grants one day’s video access. Panto Digital Storytelling is a solo retelling of a pantomime story from the perspective of a much-loved panto character. It is not a full pantomime.
When you buy a ticket for Panto Digital Storytelling we will send you a Print at Home PDF Ticket containing a unique link to the video and a password to watch. You will need both of these to access the video. Your booking grants you access to the video until midnight on the day of booking, after which your access to the video will expire.
Print at Home PDF Tickets will be sent to the email address associated with your Coliseum account. Clicking the unique link in your Print at Home PDF Ticket will take you to our secure Panto Digital Storytelling video. When you click the Play button on the video you will then need to enter your password to watch.
Was it difficult adapting panto to a one-person show?
The most difficult part of adapting the panto into a one-person show was telling the story from just one character’s perspective. This was particularly tricky in Jack and the Beanstalk as we decided at the start of the process that we wanted to use the Dame character Dotty Trott, who plays Jack’s mum, for the storytelling, so we had to retell the tale from Trottys perspective.
Other than the amount of characters, what is the main difference between Panto Storytelling and a Coliseum panto?
I think the main difference is the journey the characters go on. The stories might not end in the same way our panto audiences might be used too!
What was your favourite aspect of writing a panto adaptation?
The best thing about a panto adaptation is thinking about the jokes and current pop culture references. I also like reading it aloud and pretending to be the different characters!
What advice would you give to someone working on a panto offer during the pandemic?
I think this has been such a challenging year for the creative industries so my advice would be keep going, keep playing, and just think about creating the panto magic!