11 November 2019
This winter, Glasgow Arts Community Touring Panto celebrates 10 years of bringing fantastic family theatre to audiences across the city. Starting in 2009, with a Cinderella written by renowned pantosmith Johnny McKnight, the tour has gone from strength to strength.
As we prepare to bring the beloved Beauty and the Beast to community venues across the city from 3 – 20 December, we count down some of the reasons why the tour has become a much-loved Christmas ritual for many Glasgow families.
- Amazing value!
At a time when money is tight for many families, commercial theatre pantomimes can be costly. Glasgow Life is committed to keeping prices low for the community panto, and this year, tickets cost £5, or £2.50 concession, which applies to children aged 16 and under, senior citizens and those in receipt of benefits. If you were lucky enough to grab a ticket for the Preview at Barmulloch Community Centre – now sold out - you’ll pay just £2!
- We bring brilliant theatre into communities
From Ruchazie to Barlanark, Drumchapel to Pollok, this year’s tour stops at 14 community venues with 21 performances, playing to an expected 4000 people. Alan McHugh, writer of this year’s show, says: ‘“Quite often, people from the community can’t ‘go to’ panto or theatre, so it’s only right that ‘Glasgow’ should take the theatre to them!
- Our panto is quintessentially Glaswegian (oh aye it is!)
In 2017 Dick Whittington became Ricky McWhittington. In 2014 Babes in the Wood became Weans in the Wid. Glasgow loves panto, and the Glasgow Arts panto tour is a celebration of the city itself, infused with its cheeky humour, and full of Clydeside jokes. Our gallus audiences love to get involved too - so if you’re coming, make sure you’re ready to boo, hiss and sing along!
- It’s for EVERYONE!
The affordability of the tour makes it genuinely accessible, but we go further than that: Lodging House Mission has been a regular stop on the schedule since 2011, bringing a much-anticipated evening of entertainment to the marginalised, homeless and often socially isolated people who use the service. Stephen Mitchell, current LHM manager, applauds an "enabling and empowering" experience "which helps to mitigate against social exclusion."
- Our Panto inspires.....
...in so many ways! Over the years the tour has been produced in association with a variety of local groups such as Platform, Glasgow East Arts Company, Wee Stories, Hopscotch and Ignite Theatre, helping to support the creative life of the city. It is an enriching experience for the company too, with 2018’s Dame, Simon Weir, describing it as 'the most rewarding job of the year.' Best of all, it inspires audiences. Johnny McKnight sees the tour as ‘a much needed entry point to theatre.’ And this from Kate Keating, a vocational guidance worker with NHS Restart, who takes groups to see the show: 'One woman, who had severe depression and alcohol issues, was inspired to join a drama group; some others became involved in creative writing.’
Read more about the panto’s history in our News section here>
See this year’s tour schedule and find out how to grab your tickets here>