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Spotlight pantomimes are being staged this season all over the UK and Ireland, but now play to audiences across the world:
In China, Bailes & Hales’s Robin Hood & His Merry Men will be staged in December by Beijing Playhouse.
The same pantomime is also the choice of the American International School in Vienna, for their Christmas panto; and in Quebec province, where the Hudson Village Theatre will stage eighteen performances in December.
Director Miranda Holmes said, “I just wanted to thank you again for writing such a wonderful script. We had four sold out performances, which means 10% of the island's population saw - and loved - the show. I used Dancing Queen as Elizabeth's song and it brought the house down, as did Bright Side of Life and a number of other songs. Favourite overheard comment was: "Thank god the interval came when it did. I was laughing so hard I was afraid I was going to pee my pants."
Over the next three months Spotlight’s The Wizard of Oz Pantomime will be showing in eight different venues: Blackpool, Welling, Solihull, Yeovil, Cardiff, Eastleigh, Runcorn and Wootton under Edge.
Its writers, Emma Houldershaw and Samantha Cartwright, who are members of the Warren in Barnet, North London, are a bit bemused by it all.
Emma Writes, “The Wizard of Oz was the first story that came to both our minds when we decided to write a pantomime. A favourite for both of us as children, and with us wanting to write a less traditional pantomime, it was the obvious choice.
We wanted to keep Dorothy's journey as true to the original story as we could, while adding pantomime elements, which is why we kept Aunt Em and a new character, Harry Trotter, always a step behind her, never meeting until near the end. We also wanted to make sure the characters were strong enough to show the true meaning of the story, that home is where the heart is and as long as you have love and friendship, you will always belong”.
RON NICOL’S NEW PLAY
Best of Enemies is a sequel to Ron’s award-winning Friends and Neighbours. It’s described as “a powerful, occasionally violent tale of gang culture and teenage angst, with overtones of West Side Story, set in a Scottish inner city”.
Fraser is in prison, having stabbed his former friend Rab in the mistaken belief that Rab had betrayed him to the police. Bugs, Lexy and Delia were involved in the events leading up to the stabbing incident, and a year later they unexpectedly meet. Arguments and accusations follow - until they hear that Fraser has escaped. Fraser’s attempts to track them down and discover the truth lead to unlikely alliances, violent confrontations and ultimate heartbreak.