HILLSIDE AVENUE PRIMARY SCHOOL
In 1996, with my children at Hillside Primary School, Thorpe St Andrew, I went with the missus to a meeting. The school was to stage it's first pantomime. I went along with the intention of helping to set build. I ended up being an ugly sister (don't laugh- oh, alright then, you can, but only because it's a panto.) As time went along, it seemed that we could also, if we wished, write our own lines. "I could do that," I thought, and promptly did. The show was very successful indeed, proving to be more popular than the local am-dram production, and it was very enjoyable to perform in (apart from having to wear women's clothes).
Next year, even though the kids now went to a new school, I was asked to help write the next panto. Being a house husband, and a bit bored, I agreed. Having been given a basic outline, I filled in the blanks, and hey presto, panto #2. I must admit it was a bit strange this time to watch something I had committed to paper coming to life, but it was still enjoyable. Again it was very successful. Pantos #3 and #4 followed.
A selection from the script and coverage for the pantos follows. If anyone sees this has any other details/scripts/photos for any of the pantos, please leave me a message in the guestbook. I have no details at all about panto #3, so anything about that would be excellent.