What’s Behind Them? Magic Beans Productions launches ‘The Panto Course’

Simon Sladen

The British Pantomime Industry is one of the largest employers of performers and technicians in the UK each season. Come November, theatres are filled with casts and crew partaking in the age-old theatrical tradition ready to give the great British public a glorious evening of entertainment.

With the Panto Season taking over UK theatres between November and February, it is generally accepted that pantomime provides many performers with their first professional job and a unique insight into a career in the Arts.

Acknowledging this fact and realising that pantomime is rarely taught at many of the UK’s performing arts training institutions, Magic Beans Productions has launched a week-long intensive course of specialist pantomime training for performers hoping to break into the Industry or learn more about this fascinating performance genre.

‘The Panto Course’ will be lead by pantomime writer, director and producer Jamie Alexander Wilson. Participants will learn about pantomime’s rich and interesting history, the genre’s stock characters and conventions, as well as the genre's much-loved slapstick and comedy routines. Participants on the course will explore pantomime’s characters and conventions through practical exercises and workshopping, the results of which will culminate in a showcase for pantomime producers Magic Beans Pantomimes, Evolution Productions and First Family Entertainment.

The week long course costs £290 and will take place at the Toynbee Studios, London from Monday 4th March-Friday 8th March 2013. For further information, e-mail: enquiries@mbpuk.com.