Bippity Boppity Behind You!
Polish off those glass slippers and discover the magic of British pantomime online.
With COVID-19 lockdowns a continuous reality, Aussie parents are looking for new ways to keep kids entertained at home. This winter you can give Netflix a night off and bring a new kind of live theatre into your home.
Just in time for Christmas in July, the world’s first interactive virtual pantomime, Cinderella Live, makes its Australian debut. Pantomimes have been a long-standing British tradition and a unique theatre experience that is often a child’s first taste of live performance. For the first time, Australian audiences can now experience the vibrant sets, flamboyant characters and joys of audience interaction that embody a proper British pantomime.
Lianne Collinson, Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Going Live TV said, “After the huge success of launching Cinderella Live to children and families in the UK, we’re delighted to bring our production down under and give Aussie families an enchanted Christmas in July to remember. British audiences loved our unique pantomime experience, so we’re excited for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere to be able to share a live performance like no other without having to leave their favourite armchair.”
Fancy dress is encouraged for Going Live TV’s Cinderella Live, so feel free to let your imagination run wild if you don’t have the luxury of a fairy godmother on hand to dress you. The magic can be streamed straight into your living room from the 23rd – 25thJuly.
The show encourages real-time participation from viewers across the country using the interactive sound effect buttons to boo, cheer, clap, and even shout “he’s behind you!” alongside the characters on screen as the classic fairytale unfolds – with a twist! A limited number of virtual audience spots are also up for grabs and accessed via a cloud conferencing service to make the event extra special.
“Join this amazing live show, with fancy dress competitions and live interactions with the cast for the ultimate pantomime experience. Enjoy the traditional story of Cinderella with added comedy, uplifting messages of community and sing alongs,” Collinson said.
While British audiences are extremely familiar with pantomime, many Aussie kids haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying exaggerated role-reversal and over-the-top characters. So, before the clock strikes midnight, grab your tickets for this event and discover the wonderment of pantomime.
Directed by Charlotte Peters and with a cast including Chris Rankin (Harry Potter), Chris Johnson, Katy Clayton and Jessica Ellis, the production runs from July 23rd to 25th with special school performances in both Australia and New Zealand.
Cinderella Live also stars Kimberley Hart-Simpson, Martin Callaghan, Tim Churchill, Steve Fortune, Elin Pavlin- Hinde and Cuan Durkin. Get your tickets here.
As part of the school's package, up to 20 classrooms can watch the production simultaneously for just $447 - https://au.pantolive.com/schools/