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Experience a new kind of Panto magic online WITH OLDHAM COLISEUM

By Steve Cooke

Oldham Coliseum Theatre have created a new kind of panto magic for 2020. Panto Digital Storytelling will be available online between Saturday 12 December and Saturday 2 January.

Although we’re all missing the spectacle of the Coliseum panto this year, the theatre has created a digital offer that gives audiences the opportunity to invite Dame Dotty Trott and Cinderella into their homes for tellings of their famous tales.

Straight off the Coliseum stage these much-loved panto characters tell their stories as you’ve never heard them before – from their own perspective. Audiences will be able to choose between Jack and the Beanstalk with Dame Dotty Trott or Cinderella with Cinderella herself, with access to the online video for a whole day.

Audiences can expect a few new twists in these famous tales. Does Dame Dotty Trott really think she’s the true Giant Slayer? Find out how tough Cinderella really had it when she reveals all the Ugly Sisters’ secrets…

Panto Digital Storytelling: Jack and the Beanstalk and Panto Digital Storytelling: Cinderella star Coliseum pantomime favourite actors Richard J Fletcher and Shorelle Hepkin. The pre-recorded videos are directed by Rachel McMurray and filmed and edited by the Coliseum’s Digital Associate Grant Archer.

Richard J Fletcher: ‘I started coming to see pantomime at the Coliseum when I was very young and then I did youth theatre here throughout my childhood. When I was 15 had a Saturday job here working in the café, which was called The Lion’s Den – I used to make toasties for all of the actors in a little kitchen which is now the offices next to the upstairs bar.’

Born and raised in Sheffield, Shorelle is no stranger to the world of entertainment. She has performed both on stage and extensively on TV, after studying Dance, Singing and Acting including a 3 year Musical Theatre Course. She first appeared for CBBC in an internet safety programme called 'Take Care'. Major TV contracts followed.

Each ticket for Panto Digital Storytelling: Cinderella or Panto Digital Storytelling: Jack and the Beanstalk gives audiences one day’s video access. Much like the Fairy Godmother’s magic, access will expire each day at midnight.

Tickets for Panto Digital Storytelling are on sale from Saturday 12 December. Tickets cost £10 for one day’s access.


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