Ross MP: Show the love for panto as theatres face uncertain future over latest Covid-19 crisis
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A ROSS-SHIRE MP who has been both spectator and star of pantomime is showing his love for the art form as it faces an uncertain winter.
Panto Day, marked this Friday, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a Year of Love theme highlighting the happiness it brings families.
Easter Ross MP Jamie Stone – who has performed as a panto dame in local productions – is set to table an early day motion celebrating the art form and calling on the government to stump up extra support in light of its Plan B for Covid restrictions that could hit productions and theatres.
Mr Stone, the LibDem culture spokesperson, said: "Year in and year out, panto has been an event that has spread so much joy across the UK. The fact that pantos had to be cancelled last year, and now many face cancellation again this year, really is a sign of the times.
"I was hoping that the Government had learnt its lessons from last year, that the theatre sector cannot afford to be left high and dry in times of national crisis. If the Government is to announce new measures, it must account for the damage these inflict on theatres and entertainers."
Panto Day founder Simon Sladen said: "For many of us, pantomime kicked off our love of theatre, so what better way to celebrate Panto Day’s tenth birthday than with the Year of Love? We look forward to exploring why the UK loves pantomime so much and the important role love and family plays in every pantomime narrative. After a challenging year for the industry, on Friday make sure you join the celebrations to show your love and appreciation for everyone who helps bring the magic of pantomime alive each season."