Episode 72 - A Focus on the Pantomime - Part 5 - Beauty and the Beast
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by Imagine Theatre
1w ago
The pantomime version of Beauty and the Beast is one of the most popular titles of all, along with being one of the most loved Disney classics. This week Eric Potts and Liam Dolan join Martin on the podcast to discuss one of their favourite titles ..read more
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Episode 65 - A Focus on the Pantomime - Part 4 - Peter Pan
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by Imagine Theatre
1w ago
This week Martin is joined by Imagine Theatre’s Steve Boden and performer and director Steven Wren to talk about Peter Pan. Peter Pan has been around for 120 years in numerous forms – firstly as a book and then a play, a musical, many different movie adaptations, and now as an increasingly popular panto.  They discuss the way that it has been adapted over the years, the way the story is evolving and some of the unique elements of the show, in particular the challenges of having to make numerous cast members and children fly! They also discuss the way that the show is still important in su ..read more
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Episode 64 - Panto Set Pieces and Routines
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by Imagine Theatre
1w ago
Panto Set Pieces and Routines Simon Sladen, Paul Morse, Janice Dunn join Martin on this week’s episode to talk about the traditional panto set pieces and routines such as slosh scenes, ghost gags, song sheets and call backs. They delve back into the early days of panto to talk about where some of the routines originated as well as discussing some more modern innovations.  A must listen episode for panto fans - 'oh yes it is ..read more
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Episode 60 - Focus on the Pantomime - Part 3 - Dick Whittington
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by Imagine Theatre
1w ago
The pantomime version of Dick Whittington has been around since the early 1800s and is believed to be the only pantomime based on a real person. This week Eric Potts and Robert Marsden join Martin on the podcast to discuss one of their favourite titles. They discuss the delights and challenges of staging this particular panto as well as its versatility and history, and relive some of their favourite memories of performing and directing this iconic panto ..read more
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Episode 58 - Summer at Imagine HQ
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by Imagine Theatre
1w ago
This week on the podcast Martin catches up with Steve Boden to learn why there is no such thing as a restful summer for the Imagine Team. With casting auditions for both adults and juniors, photoshoots, set maintenance, hires, props creation, script reads and much more going on, it is full steam ahead on panto planning during July and August. Take a listen to the podcast to find out more ..read more
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Episode 15 - Comedian John Evans From Liverpool to Llandudno
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by Imagine Theatre
1w ago
This week we talk to the hilarious John Evans who will be doing his first Imagine panto this year at Venue Cymru. Martin chats to him about how he started out in amateur panto as a youngster, working on the comedy circuit and an unfortunate incident with a pantomime donkey!   ..read more
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Episode 71 - The Role of the Producer
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by Imagine Theatre
3w ago
This week Steve Boden and Laura Taylor join Martin to talk about the role of the producer. Producers are crucial to each production as they have overall responsibility for the show, but it is one of the roles that many people know little about. Steve and Laura explain how they came to be panto producers and what it entails – from relationships with theatres, title choices, how the scriptwriters, creative team and cast for each production are chosen and much more.  ..read more
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Episode 69 – Backstage at the De Montfort Hall Panto
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by Imagine Theatre
1M ago
This week Martin goes backstage at DMH where he spent 10 years performing in panto himself to chat to the cast of this year’s Jack and the Beanstalk. He finds out how Scott Mills has settled in to his first ever pantomime, learns Jarred Christmas’s process for choosing his final jokes for the show, discovers how son Jack Ballard is getting on playing his first ever Dame role as well as finding out about Mark Read’s theatrical background, catching up with DMH panto regular and X-Factor winner Sam Bailey and meeting Mark Beauchamp and Christina Harris who are appearing in their first DMH panto ..read more
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Episode 68 – A Christmas Special from Swindon
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by Imagine Theatre
2M ago
For the Christmas edition of the podcast Martin heads to Swindon to talk to the cast of Snow White at The Wyvern - David Ashley, Divina De Campo, Nathan Connor, Paul Burling and Samantha Dorrance. This episode also features special Christmas messages from some of the Imagine team ..read more
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Episode 67 – Scott Mills
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by Imagine Theatre
2M ago
This week Martin is joined by radio presenter Scott Mills who is making his pantomime debut this year in Jack and the Beanstalk at De Montfort Hall. Scott talks to Martin about how his decision to do a panto came about, the advice he has been getting from his showbiz pals and his past performing experience on Strictly Come Dancing.  Don’t miss Scott in panto at De Montfort Hall 15 Dec 2023 – 7 Jan 2024 ..read more
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