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Pantomime Arts Award – Oh Yes It Is!

A Pantomime Arts Award, Oh Yes It Is! Blackpool’s Grand Theatre worked in partnership with international touring company UK Productions to develop a bespoke Pantomime Arts Award (Explore).

The Grand Theatre’s aim was to select a local school that had not been to the theatre in 5 years, to try through a Pantomime Arts Award to re-engage them.

A class of 30 (Year 5) children from Christ the King School were therefore chosen to participate in this Pantomime Arts Award project.

Having experienced Street and Contemporary dance workshops in school they came along to watch the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on 14 December 2015. It was at this performance that the children received their very own Panto Logbook with images from Snow White – ‘Oh no they didn’t’!!!

Their journey to the theatre and their reaction to the pantomime was filmed and will be used to document their Arts Award experience.

Early in the New Year we will be filming the pupils back in school creating an artistic response to the show they watched and sharing this creativity with a wider audience. The Panto Arts Award is expected to finish in spring 2016.

Download the Panto Arts Award Explore Log


About UK Productions

UK Productions was formed in 1995 to produce musicals and pantomimes, for which they are now one of the country’s most prolific producers .West End producing credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Theatre Royal, Haymarket). Other producing credits for national and international tours of musicals include Oklahoma! (2010) Singin’ in the Rain (2009), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (2005 – 2010), South Pacific (2007/8), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (2001/2, 2005/6, 2008/9), Jekyll and Hyde – The Musical (2004/5), Carousel (2003/4 and 2000), Fiddler on the Roof (2008, 2003), Anything Goes (2001), The Pirates of Penzance (1998/9), 42nd Street (1997, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2012), and Barnum (1995/6).

Working closely with Wayne Sleep OBE UK Productions have produced three original dance shows, World of Classical Ballet, Aspects of Dance, and Ready Steady Dance, celebrating many different styles of dance and introducing new performers and choreographers alongside seasoned and respected guest artists. These shows have all completed nation wide tours.

UK Productions have a passion for pantomime, and produce shows for a number of theatres nationwide. They apply the same high standards to these productions as they do to their touring musicals. Whether large or small they all receive the UK Productions treatment of all-star casts in traditional shows backed by lavish sets and costumes.

UK Productions have produced a number of outdoor events and are responsible for the creation and production of The Stansted Park Proms, an annual two-day open-air concert playing to up to 10,000 people a night in the grounds of Stansted House, a stately home in the heart of Hampshire. The concerts feature live orchestras and bands and each evening culminates in our now legendary fantastic fireworks finales.