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The final panto curtain 2021

Dec 23, 2021

Panto returned with ‘Puss n’ Boots’ reaching over 19,000 children this festive season.

It has been another challenging year working under the ever-evolving Covid-19 restrictions with many theatre’s forced to cancel and postpone their long-awaited pantomime performances. We were determined to get back on the road and into schools to bring pantomime to young people. This year, we successfully reached  over 94 schools and 19,000 young people with our live-streamed digital performances. We are also delighted to have toured to 13 community venues across Scotland from Milgnavie to Millport! This allowed us to continue our long-standing tradition of bringing pantomime to communities across Scotland at Christmas. This led to us receiving a nomination in Framework Theatre’s Emerging Artist Awards for the Digital Award, celebrating productions delivered remotely to audiences. We would like to thank the Scottish Government for their support via the Adapt and Thrive Fund, The Space in Manchester and our community of collaborators who made this season possible.

We’ve been over the moon to bring a brand new version of “Puss n’ Boots” to the stage written by the wonderful Zoë Bullock, directed by Roy McGregor and original music by Gary Cameron. We had the guidance and support of Emily Ingram for live-streaming and sound support from John Spilsbury. Our amazing set was designed and built by Jenny Booth and George James. Costumes by Vicki Brown and props by David Young. Thank you to Johnny McKnight and Ross Stenhouse for generously giving their time and knowledge to the production. An extra special thank you to Liz Doward for keeping us sane and with a constant supply of vegan sticky ginger cake. 

Of course, we want to say a huge thank you to our incredible cast who made “Puss n’ Boots” possible by delivering the production digitally and on the ground. A huge round of applause and mention to:

Shona Paterson – Puss/ Oily Gark.

Shona has been performing professionally since 2017, when she toured with theatre in education company M&M Theatrical productions. She was involved with both their pantomime seasons and classic literature season. Shona dawned the red boots this year to tell the tail of Puss n’ Boots.

Gill McGowan – Puss/Oily Gark.

Gill is an Actor, Singer and Voice-Over Artist based just outside of Glasgow. Her stage credits include; (“The Wedding Planner”, “Paddy’s Market the musical” & “An Act of Cupid). Puss n’ Boots was none other than Gill’s seventh tour with Hopscotch!

Sophie Riddoch – Fairy Nuff/ Greta.

Sophie graduated in 2019 and has been working professionally in theatre and film since 2010. Some of Sophie’s Theatre highlights include; (“McGoose”, “Spring-y”, “Romeo & Juliet”). Sophie is no stranger to working with Hopscotch and returned as the magical Princess Greta and magical Fairy Nuff.

David Ashwood – Justin Vant.

David trained at Queen Margaret University and has been working and living in Glasgow for the past fifteen years. He is no stranger to performing with Hopscotch and returned this festive season to play the pr-insta famous Justin Vant.

Sandy Bain – Queen Dame.

Sandy is an Actor who graduated from Queen Margaret and Edinburgh Napier’s Acting for Stage and Screen Course. He performed with Hopscotch in 2019 and returned to masterfully play the wonderful Queen Dame this year!

We will be back in 2022, but all that remains to be said is from everyone here at Hopscotch Theatre Company we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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