Every year there are certain events I look forward to attending, The Derby, TriFest and The Epsom Playhouse Pantomime Cast Photo Shoot. In the past I have made children’s TV presenter Dave benson Phillips walk down a yellow brick road that doesn’t exist, Heavy D lining up for noodles at Bamboo Basket and the ugly sisters posing with the statue outside the playhouse. The less we say about that the better. But one thing they all have in common They Love Panto.
This year was not to be any different than the pass. The day starts with the official photographs being taking by the brilliant photographer Steven Peskett Steven’s main area of work is within the Television Industry and over the years he has worked on TV shows such as The X Factor, Take Me Out, Crime Stories, Britain’s Got Talent, Eastenders, Holby City, Casualty, Celebrity Juice, The Rob Brydon Show, Escape To The Country, Death in Paradise and many more. I have worked alongside a lot of photographers and most of the time you are fighting to get the best shot but not Steven he always there to help.
Once the single and double shots are done, not drinks well not yet, its time for the group photo. This will be the one you will see on websites, social media and newspapers in the build up to the show opening. Trying to get 8 people in different costumes and poses is an art and with the Playhouse Fiona on hand to help it always works out brilliantly. When finished the fun begins.
Its at this point in the day the cast in full costume takes to the streets of Epsom to thank the local businesses who sponsor the show. First visit was off to The Ashley Centre to visit Toy Barnhaus Not only did the cast pose for photos with staff and customers there was time for a quick sword fight. All was going well until The mermaid found the crocodile this stopped Hook in his tracks.
Now the walk from the Playhouse to The Ashley Centre in full costume was easy. Ashley Centre to Bill’s was another story. Navigating the works in the marketplace and then the crossing by Marquis was no easy task but the people stopping for photos and the cars tooting their horns made the cast fill very welcomed. For the majority of the cast it was the first time they have visited Epsom.
Now Bill’s was interesting especially as the duty manager hadn’t been told about the photo shoot. you should have seen the look on his face as Peter Pan, Captain Hook and the rest of the cast walked in to book a table.
It had been a long morning and the cast were grateful for the drinks provided by Bill’s. Highlight of the visit had to be when the duty manager become one of Captain Hook’s crew and compared m
Well that was it another Pantomime Photo shoot over. The images will be out soon and will be used in the show programme as well as promotion material. The Pantomime starts on Saturday 14th Dec and runs till Sunday 5th May.
As well as the regular performances there will be a a specialised relaxed performance, perfect for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment due to a reduction to sound levels, changes to lighting, a relaxed attitude to movement in and out of the auditorium, chill-out areas and specially trained theatre staff to make the experience as inclusive as possible.
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And remember…“second star to the right, and straight on till morning.”