Get involved in panto fun for Heritage Open Day!

Posted on 6 September 2011

As part of Heritage Open Days, we will be opening our doors from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 10 September for people to come and have a look around the building and to take part in some panto themed activities in honour of our traditional pantomime, which this year sees Mother Goose take to the Main Stage from 29 Nov to 7 2011 Jan 2012.

Throughout the day visitors are invited to take part in a number of special panto-themed events such as the Mother Goose Theatre Trail, an interactive egg hunt that will take place throughout the theatre. All correct entries to the Theatre Trail will be rewarded with a free novelty egg and will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to the opening night of Mother Goose.

From 11.30am to 12.30pm the fountain outside the theatre will be hosting the Wild Goose Chase, a hook a duck competition in which people will have the opportunity to win tickets to see Mother Goose, amongst other things and at 12 noon visitors can see for themselves the transformation from man to Dame as long-time Dame and director of Mother Goose, Iain Lauchlan dons the wigs and make-up of a typical panto Dame.

From 11am to 2pm there will be face painting by theatre make-up artists in the foyer along with a display of some costumes from previous Belgrade productions and on the Main Stage there will be a prop making workshop where visitors will have the opportunity to make their very own pantomime mask.

Unfortunately there will be no access to the B2 auditorium as rehearsals for Bomber’s Moon will be taking place. The Main Stage and all other areas of the theatre, including the exhibition space, will be opening for viewing throughout the day and information sheets will be provided.

Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 as England’s contribution to European Heritage Days, in which 49 countries now participate. It is now England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event, previous Open Days attracting around 1 million visitors.

The initiative celebrates the country’s culture by giving members of the general public free access to buildings that are usually closed to them, have restricted access or have an admission charge. They provide an opportunity once a year to discover hidden architecture, along with local and cultural treasures.

More information about the Belgrade’s Open Day can be found here

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