How long do you need to set up?
For Touring Pantomimes and Theatre In Education shows, we arrive an hour before the show is due to start. We need this time to assess the space, put up our set and technical equipment, perform a sound check and for the cast to get changed and put their make up on. It usually takes between 30-40 minutes to pack down and clear the hall after the performance.
EYFS shows don’t use technical equipment and are able to be set up much more quickly, therefore, we need access to the room a minimum of 15 minutes before the show is due to start. This gives us time to put up the set and get changed. It takes a similar time to pack down and clear the room.
How Long Are Your Shows?
Premium Pantomimes last approximately 90 minutes, including a short interval. However, if you would like a shorter show to fit with your school day we can adapt it to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
EYFS shows last approximately 30 minutes, however, Search For Santa is also followed by up to a 30 minute meet and greet with Santa (optional).
What ages are your shows aimed at?
Our Touring Pantomimes are written for a Primary School audience so we do not include innuendo, inappropriate jokes, language or gestures. We do include pleanty of humour, songs and panto magic for our shows to be enjoyed by all ages.
Over the years many schools have brought their nursery classes in to watch the pantomimes and the younger children have thoroughly enjoyed the shows. We recommend the younger children are sat at the back of the hall on benches as a 6 foot dame standing 2 feet away from a 4 year old sitting on the floor can very often appear as a giant.
For audiences of entirely 5 and unders, we have our EYFS shows which are designed around the EYFS curriculum. As well as being an ideal length, they are interactive so even the shortest concentration span has something to keep them involved.
Our Theatre in Education shows are individually tailored to KS1, KS2, EYFS or a mixture of the three. Please see the description of each show to find out what age range the show is for.
How Much Space Do You Need?
Pantomimes and Theatre in Education shows require a hall or similar space with a performing area of a minimum depth and width of 4m and at least two plug sockets. We can perform without a stage or raised area but will take advantage of this if one is present. Our sets are adaptable and are suitable for the largest school halls.
EYFS Shows can be performed in a much smaller space and require a minimum depth and width of 2m. Trip to the Beach and Teddy Troubles are very interactive and use the whole room so need to be in an area where the children are able to move around safely.
Our teams are experienced in setting up in all shapes and sizes of rooms and will work with your staff to ensure we set up in the best, and safest, place. We are also able to set up around breakfast clubs, lunches and any other activities if necessary. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Do you have a maximum audience size?
However, because we get our EYFS audiences up and moving, we have a maximum audience number of 35 for Trip to the Beach and Teddy Troubles. We also recommend a maximum of 35 children for Search For Santa to give all children the opportunity to meet Santa without being rushed (optional).
Are your shows suitable for Special Needs?
Our shows have bright scenery and costumes and have been enjoyed by many special needs children over the years. We are very experienced in adapting our shows for specific customer needs.
One of the changes we make for one of our regular special need schools, is to condense our full length panto into a 45 minute show, removing the majority of dialogue and keeping in all the songs, dances and slapstick. If you have Special Needs requirements please contact us – you may be surprised how adaptable our shows can be!
Can you adapt shows for Cultural or Religious needs?
Yes – we are experienced in adapting our scripts for a range of cultural and religious requirements.
Please contact us to discuss your needs.
What about the Health and Safety side of the business?
We take safety extremely seriously, both for our customers and our teams. We ensure that all our staff are DBS checked and travel with photo ID, although our performers are never left alone with children.
All of our electrical equipment is PAT tested annually and we hold full public liability and employers insurance to the value of £10 million. We also train our team members in the health and safety issues that arise in touring and our Tour Managers are first aid trained.
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The children really enjoyed the panto! We have booked it for the last few years and have already booked for next year! Great team, lots of laughs. East Hoathly Primary School – 2017