Evening Times

It’s panto DVD time – oh yes it is

- By CATRIONA STEWART

UNIVERSITY researcher­s have put together a DVD celebratin­g Scottish pantomime.

Featuring rarely seen historical footage, the Pantomime in Scotland DVD includes archive film from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

And it’s set to music from the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and an original piano score created by c u r r e n t p a n t o mi me mu s i c i a n s Ka r e n M a c I ve r a n d D ave Anderson.

Professor Adrienne Scullion, leading the pantomime research project said: “Pantomime is one of the great forms of popular theatre. In Scotland, pantomime has a distinctiv­e tradition that is based on the connection it achieves with audiences and the scale and quality of the industry, too.

“The films featured in this DVD provide not just the documentar­y evidence of pantomime at Scottish theatres but also capture something of the spirit of pantomime.”

Stars of Scottish pantomime on the DVD include comedians Dave Willis, George West, Bert Denver, Jack Anthony and Harry Gordon, in his famous partnershi­ps with Will Fyffe and Alec Finlay.

The Pantomime in Scotland DVD will be available at all leading pantomime theatres in Scotland during the pantomime season.

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