What will we do this Panto? Pantomimes are cancelled and villains have been made redundant! What are they going to do? Join Captain Hook, Smee, The Evil Queen, Abanazar, Carabosse and the Ugly Stepsisters in a Zoom call as they try to muddle their way through this strange and tricky time. With songs and laughs along the way, will they manage to get back to their usual tricks and schemes?
#Panto_Demic! – What is it?
#Panto_Demic! is a thirty-minute film released in early December online and DVD. In a year where theatre doors are closed to the public, #Panto_demic! brings fun and enjoyment directly and safely to audiences.
#Panto_Demic! written, directed, and produced by Rebecca Cook, follows seven devious panto villains as they join a ‘Zoom’ call to plot just how they can carry out their cunning schemes during this strange and uncertain time. With fun, laughter, an original soundtrack, and usual panto cheer, #Panto_Demic! is a guarantee to enchant and experience a feel-good theatrical performance from the comfort of your own home.
This project is supporting media professionals following a difficult year for those in the creative arts industry. Photographers, Film makers, music producers, as well as the theatres usual volunteers have been drafted in to produce this short film. This project is funded and supported by The Conquest Theatre and Bromyard and Winslow Town Council.
How can I watch it?
#Panto_Demic! is available now to watch online or DVD. The DVDs can be purchased for £10 from the Conquest Theatre every Saturday from 10:30am – 12:30pm until Christmas. The #Panto_Demic! DVD includes exclusive behind the scenes interviews with the cast. Cash and card are accepted.
To watch online, rent the film on Vimeo for £7 and have 30 days to watch it as many times as you would like. Follow this link to pay with Paypal or card and watch immediately.
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Who made this film and why?
Local theatre maker Rebecca Cook wrote, directed, and produced the short film #Panto_Demic! with the aim of showing it to schools, venues, and the local people across Herefordshire. After a very difficult few months #Panto_Demic! offers a chance for people to escape reality with a slice of panto cheer from their homes. Encapsulating the wit, humour, and fun of seasonal pantomimes, #Panto_Demic! brings a brand new story safely to audiences of all ages.
This year has been devastating for the creative arts industry and those that create and work within it. Rebecca wished to produce a piece of theatre with the intention of supporting those who were furloughed or have lost jobs due to the pandemic. She brought together media professionals from all across Herefordshire as well as the usual Conquest Theatre volunteers to create the vision she had. And so #Panto_Demic! was born.
From a simple idea to a full scale production, #Panto_Demic! quickly came to fruition thanks to the hard work of the cast and crew.
#PANTO_DEMIC! WRITER, DIRECTOR, AND PRODUCER
ACTORS/ACTRESSES AND THEIR CHARACTERS
Captain Hook – Conor Stobart | Smee – Nikki Ivison | The Evil Queen – Amanda Perkins | Carabosse – Emma Green | Abanazar – Dan Pegler | The Ugly Stepsisters – Hugh Farey & Mark Cox | Giant – Joe Standell | The Fairy Godmother (Narrator) – Kyla Davies | Magic Hands – Unknown…
Film maker/Cinematographer – Kie Cummings assisted by Michael White | Photographer – Zakk Kaye | Music Producer – Joe Standell | Opening Illustrations – Hannah Jones | Lighting – James Thomas | Stage Manager – James Thomas | Runners – Ryan Brown & Sofie Smith | Scaffolding – Ben Mowbray | Set Construction – Conquest Theatre Coffee Club | Set Design – Rebecca Cook & Sofie Smith | Props – Janet Hugman, Rebecca Cook & Sofie Smith | Graphic Designer – Sofie Smith | Marketing – Sofie Smith & James Thomas | Costumes – Carl Davies & Conquest Theatre wardrobe | Hair – Margaret Dallow | Makeup – Sofie Smith
#PANTO_DEMIC! FUNDERS & SUPPORTERS
This year has been difficult for everyone. We hope #Panto_Demic! brings a bit of fun, laughter, and entertainment during this time. All the money that is raised from this project will go back into the theatre to help support the Drama Group, Youth Theatre and future productions. We hope that you enjoy #Panto_Demic! as much as we enjoyed creating it. After all, we all need a bit of good!