Now that curtain-up for our spectacular family pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat is just one day away, all the writers can do now is wait! This week we sat down for a chat with the script writing duo Matt Crosby and Al Morley, and found out what it's really like writing for the joyful, hilarious and bizarre art-form of panto...
Firstly, what kicked off your respective careers in writing panto scripts?
You might know your HE'S BEHIND YOU's and your OH NO YOU'RE NOT's, and you may well know the difference between the lovable Buttons and dear old Wishee Washee too, but we have gathered some truly festive pantomime facts to broaden your theatrical knowledge this Christmas...
So read on and you'll soon find yourself a certified panto aficionado when you take your seats for Dick Whittington this year.
P.S. Flaunting new-found pantomime knowledge to adjacent theatre-goers is optional.
Earlier this week the cast, creatives and company of this year's traditional family pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat gathered for the script read-through, an annual tradition for Cambridge Arts Theatre, and always a wonderful way to kick off the rehearsal period.
Everyone from the cast, director and choreographer, to the musical team, producer and Cambridge Arts Theatre staff all joined to meet the team who make our pantomime happen and hear the hilarious words of writing duo Al Morley and Matt Crosby brought to life.
With 50 days and counting until our festive extravaganza Dick Whittington kicks off, here at Cambridge Arts Theatre we are well and truly gearing up for the festive period and getting into the Christmas spirit… (*Oh yes we are!*)
EastEnders star Paul Nicholas is set to star as the dastardly evil King Rat alongside Cambridge’s number one Dame Matt Crosby, Robert Rees as Idle Jack and Holly Easterbrook in the title role.
Now our brilliant cast is announced, we thought we’d share some behind the scenes glimpses from the photo shoot with you all…