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NEW DAME FOR TTG PANTO Beating the January blues in style

BY ELENA SCIATEL

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antomime is a Christmas tradition. Oh no, it isn’t! Oh yes, it is! In Gibraltar, it isn’t! In fact, in Gibraltar it has become the prescribed remedy against the January blues and a warm-up to Carnival masquerade balls.

forward to dressing up and supporting the event.” Nadine had just succeeded veteran director Margaret Seed, over the years credited for developing the format that has introduced pantomime as a staple event in the Gibraltarian calendar.

Now, the panto circus is ready to overcome any growing pains: “Last year at my This year, Gib panto season will start on the bluest day of the year, the 25th January, solo debut, after having co-directed with and will continue until Saturday Margaret in 2016, I was concerned that hers were too big 3rd February, including the usual I can count weekend matinees to accommoshoes to fill for me and I would on cast and let the cast or the audience date the youngest spectators. A crew rallying sneaky preview is being afforddown, until I realised how strong around each ed earlier in the month, when their support was and how hard other and the cast worked towards running amateur drama company Trafalgar me. Theatre Group is participating in everything smoothly, so this year I am more relaxed in that respect, the Three Kings’ Cavalcade with a walking float, as they did last year. This confident I can count on cast and crew ralwas one of the innovations introduced by lying around each other and me. However, I believe that they now have higher first-time director and experienced comeexpectations having seen what we can do dienne Nadine Gonzalez: “We didn’t enter the Cavalcade only to promote ourselves, together, while last year they were being nice, patient and empathic to my plight.” but also because the junior cast looked GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JANUARY 2018

If the audience may not care about whom the director is as long as the production is enjoyable, the TTG committee retains only the directors the cast is happy with, not to risk that auditions are deserted by perspective performers: judging by sheer numbers involved in this production, Nadine surely struck a chord with the group diehards, as well as a couple of new faces that the audience will be intrigued to see somehow cast against type, and the usual baddies they will love to hate. Radio presenter and seasoned actress Harriet Seed is donning the velvety robes of the wicked witch, namely Gothel, Rapunzel’s mother. Of course I did tell you that this year’s pantomime is about Rapunzel, didn’t I? O no, I didn’t! Well I am telling you now: its full title is in fact ‘Rapunzel: a tangled panto’, loosely inspired by the Disney version of the story. “We don’t ‘Disneyfy’ our productions, but we find that any fairytale made into 59

The Gibraltar Magazine January 2018  

New year, new issue. We're back, and we have some inspiring articles in store for you. On the cover this month is Colonel Blashford-Snell,...

The Gibraltar Magazine January 2018  

New year, new issue. We're back, and we have some inspiring articles in store for you. On the cover this month is Colonel Blashford-Snell,...