The chorus
Dec30

The chorus

I’m not an expert on pantos, but I’m pretty sure that every panto, professional or amateur, always has a chorus of kids. Specifically girls. The girls seem to be arranged in perfect size order – there’s usually eight of them, of four different sizes – two little, two a bit bigger, two a bit bigger still and two almost like full-grown women. When they stand on the stage, they stand in this perfect size...

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The panto: Final week of rehearsals
Dec01

The panto: Final week of rehearsals

For two weeks, my daughter had rehearsed 4.30-6pm after school, then for three hours on Saturday. It was surprisingly tiring (for me, more than her). We had a real rush to get there on time and, being rush hour, there was no point in me going home. So I was stuck in a sort of purgatory. I was good and made the best of it by doing work. I work on a lot of educational materials involving kids’ books. I must have looked a strange...

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