It’s that time of year again. Have you got your decorations down from the loft? Have you sent your list to Mr Clause? Have you bought your tickets for the panto at Lincoln Drill Hall?
That’s right folks, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a pantomime that will have you laughing your stockings off, and I know just the people for the job. Jamie Marcus Productions are back for the twelfth year running, sprinkling fairy dust throughout Yuletide from Friday 7th December 2018 until Saturday 5th January 2019.
J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan will be brought to life on stage, so seeing the story of the boy who never grows up unfold in front of your eyes is bound to give you a sense of nostalgia. However, JMP’s modern twist on this classic consists of references to Tinder, Alexa and even Baby Shark. It really is something the whole family will enjoy. Couple this with the fact that their 2012 production of the timeless tale broke all previous box office records, and it’s safe to say you’re in for a thrilling journey to Neverland. It promises to be more magical than before. Who would expect anything less from a theatrical flight that has been over a year in the making?
How am I so sure that your Christmas calendar will be filled with festive cheer if you do the sensible thing and book your tickets? Well, I was lucky enough to get a sneak-peek of the action at last week’s read-through, and as someone who adopts the Grinch as their spirit animal in the run up to Christmas, I can honestly say I had the best day. The cast are lovely, the script is hilarious, and behind the organised chaos there was laughter and banter – even Nana enjoyed herself. If the enthusiastic passion for panto can make me feel less like Scrooge and more like Santa within the first rehearsal, then it’s guaranteed to have you screaming for an encore regardless of how Bah Humbug you are. All signs of a damn good show.
Speaking of signs, at the heart of JMP’s ethos is a dedication to inclusion and diversity, both with their actors and audiences. What better way to incorporate these values into this year’s panto than to cast a deaf actress to play Tinkerbell? This enhances the relationship between Peter Pan and his magical, yet non-verbal sidekick through the use of sign language. It also seamlessly integrates ‘disability’ and ‘ability’ on stage and embodies the belief that talent should be showcased irrespective of differences. Whilst this shouldn’t be a pioneering concept, and JMP don’t want any special round of applause for its introduction, they are breaking down barriers for theatre companies across Lincolnshire and beyond by being the first to include disabled cast members into an otherwise able-bodied production. As a disabled person myself, I think they’re pretty awesome.
So, that’s all for now. I’ll be sure to update you very soon with exciting panto news as we travel towards the second star to the right and straight on for opening night. In the meantime, get your tickets booked online, either through the Jamie Marcus Productions website or that of Lincoln Drill Hall where prices are available. Alternatively, call Lincoln Drill Hall on 01522 873894 or pop into the box office for more information and details of specialist showings.
It will be an awfully big adventure!
Photo credit: Jamie Marcus Productions Ltd.