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How To Write A Pantomime (Secrets to Success) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Lesley Cookman
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3 Dec 2007 Secrets to Success
LESLEY COOKMAN has been writing, directing and performing in pantomime for many years. Formerly a freelance journalist, she was for a time editor of The Call Boy, the magazine of the British Music Hall Society, and her pantomimes have been performed not only across the British Isles, but in Australia and America. She now writes the Libby Sarjeant mystery series (Accent Press), in which she uses her background in amateur theatre.

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press Ltd; New Ed edition (3 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906125120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906125127
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Guildford, Surrey, Lesley spent her early life in south London, before marrying and moving all over the south-east of England. Lesley fell into feature writing by accident, then went on to reviewing for both magazines and radio. She writes for the stage, she has written short fiction for women's weekly magazines and is a former editor of The Call Boy, the British Music Hall Society journal. Her first Libby Sarjeant novel, Murder In Steeple Martin, was published to much acclaim in 2006, followed in 2007 by Murder At The Laurels and Murder In Midwinter. In 2008, Lesley's ever-increasing number of fans welcomed the publication of Murder By The Sea. 2009 saw the publication of Murder In Bloom. In addition to Murder In The Green, Murder Imperfect will also be published in 2010.
Her passion for the theatre is reflected in her first non-fiction work, How To Write A Pantomime, also published by Accent Press.


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About the Author

LESLEY COOKMAN has been writing, directing and performing in pantomime for many years. Formerly a freelance journalist, she was for a time editor of The Call Boy, the magazine of the British Music Hall Society, and her pantomimes have been performed not only across the British Isles, but in Australia and America. She now writes the Libby Sarjeant mystery series (Accent Press), in which she uses her background in amateur theatre.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I suppose it ticks most of the boxes. 2 Oct 2008
By Big Bry
Format:Paperback
I can't bring myself to enthuse about this book. She clearly knows her stuff, but I think this book is more like a personal diary of hers than a reference work for aspiring panto writers. There is very little in this book that you can't find gratis elsewhere on the web imho.

I feel that I can only reasonably recommend the book to those who don't want to research the subject for free on the web and prefer to have the information all in one place.

It's okay - but nothing more.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How NOT to write a Pantomime 5 May 2009
Format:Paperback
As someone who has written many pantos, I thought it would be interesting to see what the author had to say. Well to be honest the sparse number of pages were a great disappointment, a mixture of the bleeding obvious and quite a lot of nonsense.

Example: the "easiest" to write are the best known such as Cinderella and Aladdin. WRONG. Because they're so well known, as an author you have a lot less room for manouver and, therefore, unless you want to copy other people's work it's a lot harder than trying rarer subjects, such as Puss In Boots or Treasure Island.

So overall I'd say don't waste your money on this book.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Knowledge - A Long Way 28 Sep 2009
By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
For those who haven't a clue how to do it, this book is a great starting point; for those who think they know how to do it, it's a great reminder that you don't know it all. It is an ideal guide for getting a panto script off the ground.

Ms Cookman writes clearly and precisely, she doesn't waste time and she provides plenty of examples of what she is talking about. Each chapter sets a few exercises based on the material that has gone before and which serve as a useful reminder.

The introductory chapters help define the reasons why anyone may want to be writing a pantomime, but also nudge the would-be playwright to remember who s/he is writing for.

She uses the motif of her own panto "Little Boy Blue" which the reader sees gradually expanded as the book goes on. She wisely doesn't show the finished script. The reader is regularly reminded to get on with it.

Those people who didn't really have the motivation in the first place will be disappointed with this book because it doesn't tell you exactly what to do. It's great for those with an active imagination as it encourages them to use it. It would give confidence to those who want to have a go and maybe aren't so sure, but they'll certainly be able to turn out a script by the end of this, whatever the standard.

A nice, slim volume that does exactly what it says on the cover, and waste no time and print.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs
Format:Paperback
I loved learning the traditions and history of panto plus the idea of introducing contemporary references to make the panto fresh and relevant. Ideal for anyone wanting to write a panto or know more about the traditions of these traditional seasonal productions
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does as it says on the tin 12 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a novice at this, and this book does as it says on the tin and gives ideas and suggestions on how to go about writing a panto.
Worth a read.
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