A festival of Peterhead Panto fun for December

Peterhead’s annual panto  always sells out within hours of tickets going on sale, such is its popularity among Blue Toon folk.

Friday, 20th November 2020, 1:23 pm
Updated Friday, 20th November 2020, 1:26 pm
There will be a few well-known faces in this year’s Pantofest offering, which starts on December 3.
There will be a few well-known faces in this year’s Pantofest offering, which starts on December 3.

But this year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, townsfolk were devastated to hear that the panto - which would have been Peterhead Pantomime Group’s 40th - was cancelled.

However, determined not to disappoint the audience, the group decided, in the time honoured tradition, that the show must go on - or at least online!

And so, this year’s festive offering will be held online in a special festive festival which will run from December 3 to 12.

While the wraps haven’t been taken off the full programme just yet, the group has teased with a few hints of what’s to come.

Ali Corbett from Peterhead Panto Group told the Buchanie: “The creative team have been hard at work since July planning and re-planning the virtual celebrations admidst the ever-changing restrictions.

“We felt it was important to give something back to the community who have supported us throughout our history and so the idea for #Pantofest was conceived.

“There will be something different each night.

“We have pre-recorded sketches and a song throughout the town centre and we will be featuring all the sections of our panto family who come together to make the production a reality - plus a few well-known faces too.

“There will be a few live events as well and lots of interaction with the audience as well as competitions.

“And all your panto favourites will be featured throughout the ten-day event.

“Everything will be streamed for free via our social media pages and we also have a few more surprises up our sleeves too.”

Each year the panto group puts the community at the heart of its productions, writing their won scripts that are set in and around the Peterhead area.

And this year is no different, with a script that celebrates the Doric culture.

Ali is also excited about the prospect of the Peterhead #Pantofest reaching a far wider than usual audience this year.

“Our pantos are enjoyed by sell-out audiences of almost 3,500 people across the run, so this year who knows how many people will tune in to get a flavour of what the Peterhead panto is all about.

“While the community cannot come to the panto this year, we are determined to bring the panto fun to them,” he added.

Further details of the #Pantofest programme will appear in next week’s Buchanie so make sure you get your copy so you don’t miss out on all the festive fun that awaits you in December!