Ciaran Bermingham (left) as Lola Twankey and Fionula Linehan as Wishee-Washee in The Everyman’s Christmas Panto ‘Aladdin playing at, MacCurtain Street, Cork
Many of Ireland’s largest Panto producers and promoters have come together to ‘assure parents and audiences of the exemplary safety measures in place with regard to their upcoming live shows this Christmas’.
Via Everyman PR::
After a period of uncertainty regarding restrictions, they are now confident that their respective shows can proceed. Some Pantos have already opened successfully to the public, with more opening in the next week or so, all for extensive runs into mid-January, 2022.
Promoters are asking patrons of all ages to wear masks for the duration of shows, in an effort to reduce any risk to other attendee.
Panto is the highlight of the year for many patrons, but also for artists and producers. Preparation for these large productions takes 8-10 months of planning and the Panto industry is the biggest employer of large scale theatre in the country.
Pantomime represents a significant business in the Irish entertainment sector. In an average year, the Panto season is responsible for selling in excess of 310,000 tickets to patrons all over the country, bringing in approximately €9.8 million in revenue.
It provides significant employment for up to 1000 professional artists, creatives and production crews. It also impacts hugely on the economy around the venues, where restaurants, hotels, shops and bars all benefit from the productions around the country.
Eibhlin Gleeson, – CEO, Cork Opera House
Sean Kelly – CEO, The Everyman Theatre, Cork
Michael Brady – General Manager and Claire Tighe, Producer, The Helix Dublin
Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick – Producers, Aladdin at the National Stadium
Pat Egan and Stuart O Connor – Producers, The Olympia Panto
Sinead Hope, Director & Robert C Kelly, Co-Producer, University Concert Hall Limerick
Pic: Miki Barlok