Happy world of the pantomime

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Over the past few months, I’ve been in a place called Happy Land, otherwise known as the pantomime at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.

I previously thought panto looked easy and was more fun than hard work, But being part of the cast of Sleeping Beauty, I realised I was wrong.

New Pantomime Productions and the Kings Theatre work tirelessly to make the very best show possible and it was an honour to be part of it.

I was also welcomed into the fold and took advice from talented panto veterans including Christopher Marlowe and Tony Adams.

One thing I was right about was how much fun it would be on that historic stage with such a talented cast, including Matt Dallen who played Chester the Jester.

It’s an experience I will always remember and one my daughter will remember too after meeting a princess backstage, – Helen Kent, also known as Sleeping Beauty.

The next panto at the Kings will be Aladdin. If I’m not part of the cast, then I’ll certainly be in the audience and will enjoy being in Happy Land.