Audition Call for Canines!

Do you realise that your dog may be yearning to tread the boards?

You can find out by bringing him or her along to audition for a role in the Stage Door Theatre Company’s next fun-filled production – Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.


Director David Crewe said he was looking for a special talent to fill the part of the dog that the young Hoodies kidnap from the Sheriff. “This dog must be brave, lovable, capable of sniffing out the villains and above all aspire to follow in the pawsteps of canine stars such as Scooby-Doo and Lassie.”

All dogs are welcome to bring their owners along too. Auditions will be held in the car park of the Turner Centre at 10am on Saturday 27th October.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood runs from November 22-25 at the Turner Centre. Tickets on sale now from the box office or online.

doggie auditions

All About Pantomimes

Hurray! The silly season of saucy dames and thigh-slapping high jinks is almost upon us! The Stage Door is currently in rehearsals for our Pantomime ‘ROBIN HOOD & THE BABES IN THE WOOD’, ready for November at The Turner Centre, so we thought we’d look at where the pantomime comes from, and what makes a good panto.

Where does the name come from?

The term Pantomime comes from ‘Pantomimos’ – an Ancient Greek name for entertainment by a solo actor who performed all the roles. ‘Panto’ means ‘All’ and ‘Mimos’ means ‘Actor’. The modern form of the Pantomime, however, comes from 16th century Italian street theatre ‘Commedia dell’arte’ which had a fixed set of recognisable characters.

What makes a good Pantomime?

As with the Commedia dell’arte, there are conventions that almost all Pantomimes follow. Here are a few of them…

  • The main young man in the play (the principal boy) may be played by a young woman, and usually in tight-fitting male clothes (such as breeches).
  • An older woman (the pantomime dame – often the hero’s mother) is usually played by a man dressed as a woman, accompanied by some very flamboyant outfits!
  • Often the children do not understand some of the jokes in Pantomimes. They are cheeky ones just for the grownups!
  • The audience are encouraged to take part. For example, they call “look behind you!”, and “Oh, yes it is!” or “Oh, no it isn’t!” The audience is always encouraged to “Boo” the villain, and “Awwwww” the poor victims.
  • It is panto custom that the goodie always enters from stage right, and the baddie from stage left, a tradition that’s evolved from superstition of right signifying Heaven, and left all things Hell, witchy and wicked.
  • There is usually a messy scene, involving water, slime, bubbles or custard pies
  • Pantomimes are a lot of fun for the audience, and for the performers. They are traditionally performed around Christmas time to spread some festive cheer and get everyone in the mood for the holiday period.

And, if all that has whet your appetite, we invite you to come and join us!


22nd – 25th of November  |  The Turner Centre  |  Click here for tickets