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Behind the scenes




Our annual pantomime for grown-ups runs from mid January into March each year, taking the traditional slot of Music Hall pantomimes, which usually started on Boxing Day and often ran right up to Easter, showcasing the most popular stars and often featuring outrageous scenery, costumes, props and stunts.

Preparation for the pantomime starts during the Spring, when ideas are developed, with work starting in the Summer months on sets and props. At the same time, the music is chosen so the special arrangements can be created and the script goes into the next stage of development so that the artists can be cast and costumes designed.


Pictured above, Frank Kershaw adds the finishing touches to his costumes during rehearsals, which begin shortly after Christmas. Below, Steven Metcalfe adding his magic touch with the wigs and head dresses.


Work continues behind the scenes as the artists rehearse music and choreography. Pictured below, Musical Director, Matt Pallant and musician Martin Layzell, working with choreographers, Jordan Langford and Jack Pallister in rehearsals for Peter and the Loose Boys.


Pictured below, Writer and Director, David Phipps-Davies, who plays Captain Hook, keeps a watchful eye on proceedings.


Backstage during performances our stage manager and dressers work hard to keep everything running smoothly.

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The Pantomime Adventures of Peter and the Loose Boys
Creative Team

Executive Producer – Vincent Hayes
Producer and Production Design – Zara
 Writer and Director – David Phipps-Davis
Musical Director – Matt Pallant
2nd Keyboard – Martin Layzell
Drums/Percussion – Andy Pook
Musical Supervisor – Tom Carradine
Musical arrangements – Tom Carradine and Mark Dickman
 Choreography – Jordan Langford and Jack Pallister
Set Design – Chris Floyd and Shannon Topliss
 Lighting Design – Kevin Roach
Sound Design –  Lewis Voigtlander-O’Brien
 Costumes – Frank Kershaw and Syldon Costumes
Additional costume design (Tinkerbell, Willy Starkey and Carmen Miranda) – Steven Metcalfe
Wigs and Hair – Steven Metcalfe
 Props and Head Scenic Artist – Shannon Topliss
Additional Scenic Artists – Jack Palmer, Amanda Comley
 Stage Manager – Amanda Comley
Light and Sound – Lewis Voigtlander-O’Brien
 Head Dresser – Lisa Dempsey
.Additional dressers – Jack Pallister, Jordan Langford, Lucy Hayes, Shannon Topliss