Creating Pantomime

Joyce Branagh Keith Orton
Pantomime is a much-loved national institution, but how is it created? What tools and processes are used? Working from purely a title, this practical book explains how a script and a design can develop together through the creative processes to culminate in the wonder and excitement of a unique production on opening night. This new book explains how to get started in writing and designing an original pantomime and how to use major professional productions to illustrate established techniques and new innovations. It examines pantomime traditions and scene structure and how these can be utilized in productions today. It describes how staging design can influence the narrative; looks at how pantomime characters develop through their costume and, finally, explores the tricks and magic essential for pantomime.
Creating Pantomime by Joyce Branagh Keith Orton

About the author

Joyce Branagh has been directing professionally since 1994. Her work ranges from Shakespeare to new plays at theatre throughout the UK and Ireland. She has directed successful pantomimes at Watford Palace Theatre for several years, either developing the script closely with the writer or being the principal writer.
Keith Orton has worked as a professional designer since 1991, as well as tutoring at Central School of Speech and Drama. Recently he has specialized in pantomime design working with Joyce Branagh exclusively. He has a particular interest in how design can help and influence the development of new writing.