The local panto is usually a nice bit of organised fun for the family, where busy parents can take their kids for an evening out and relax while the entertainment unfolds before them.
However, a recent performance of Alice in Wonderland at Bolton’s Victoria Halls was anything but organised.
The evening quickly descended into panto-monium, as kids “ran riot” around the venue during the show.
According to the Bolton News, this was all down to a booking error, when the ticketing system failed to allocate seats correctly.
Audience member James Tindle told the Bolton News: “We got there at 5.30pm for the 6pm show and we didn’t get in until after 6pm.
“What really didn’t help was that a lot of the audience was behaving badly. There were children running around and parents letting their kids run riot. They weren’t trying to stop them.”
Joseph Purdy, whose company produced the show, said: “The whole idea of doing [the performances in] October — like we said from the start — was to find our feet, iron out creases and see what works and doesn’t so we can make sure for Christmas and beyond we can produce shows of the highest quality as we
have always done.”
There certainly are a few creases to iron out, but Tabard hopes Purdy will be able to say: ‘It’s behind me’ and move on to enjoy a successful Christmas.
Tabard is The Stage’s resident gossip and diarist. firstname.lastname@example.org