Community tour dates
23 November 2009
Communities across Glasgow shall go to the ball this Christmas
Communities across Glasgow shall go to the ball this Christmas as Platform, in association with Culture and Sport Glasgow, take their all singing, all dancing panto spectacular Cinderella to community venues across the city from 25 November.
Scripted by Random Accomplice’s Johnny McKnight and directed by Alasdair Satchel, the cast includes former River City star John Paul McGilvray as Prince Charming starring alongside Cat Grozier as Ella and Chris Alexander as her ever faithful best friend Buttons. The production is a modern take on the well known tale which sees Madame De’Mon (played by Viv Grahame) and the ugly sisters Fifi and Fou Fou (played by Mark Kydd and Kenneth McColl) conspiring to ruin Cinderella’s chance of going to the ball.
The panto promises to be a fun filled event for all the family with plenty of singing, dancing, laughs, magic and lots of audience participation, truly embracing the spirit of Christmas.
This is the third year that Platform has toured its Christmas show to local communities which have proved a huge hit with audiences across the city. This year marks an ambitious new move by the company to produce and present the show in house, with support from the Arts Development team at Culture and Sport Glasgow.
The community tour kicks off at the Geoff Shaw Community Centre, Toryglen on 25 November and visits seven other community venues from Knightswood to Castlemilk until 4 December, before returning to Platform on 8 December for the final leg of the tour. Tickets are selling fast and a number of dates have already sold out, demonstrating the demand for shows like this in local communities.
Director Alasdair Satchel specialises in developing imaginative work which finds creative, dynamic ways to allow stories to come to life and reach audiences. Commenting on his inspiration for the show he said: “There's a reason panto is still the most popular theatre form in Scotland, and to my mind, it's because panto is about the audience, about the contact you can make with them and the direct and sincere way of performing with them. A panto audience is like no other, the whole family is there, so you need to make sure that there's something for everyone.
“Panto is what so many of us grew up seeing and loving. The challenge has been to see how we can use all the stock characters and phrases to make a panto for now. With Johnny McKnight's script, we can't wait to put this adventurous tour on the road!"
Jackie Shearer, Arts Manager at Platform added: “Following the success of our previous Christmas shows, this year we wanted to take on the challenge of putting together our very own production which we could take to communities across Glasgow and share the festive cheer!
“Cinderella brings together all the fun of a traditional panto with a 21st century twist, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy. So don’t miss out on the fun – make sure you book your ticket now!”
Bailie Liz Cameron, Chair of Culture and Sport Glasgow, said: “I am extremely excited and delighted at our collaboration with Platform this Christmas, to bring all the fun of panto into the very heart of our communities across the city.
“Encouraging a love of the arts is a wonderful gift to give our children. For many, including myself, that often starts with booing the evil witch at a traditional festive pantomime. I am looking forward to enjoying this performance and with tickets from only £1, I would encourage everyone to come along and get into the Christmas spirit.”
For further details and to book visit: www.platform-online.co.uk