Phil Peacock, our Creative Manager and Show Producer, made a model of the set which is to scale, so it can be copied and made 25 times bigger! Hidden within it will be the latest LED lighting, while The Character Shop in Birmingham produced the CGI backdrops for the LED screens which include the incredible animated underwater sequences.
To find out more about Phil's role, we asked him a few quick questions:
Tell us about your role and how you got involved in the Butlin’s pantos?
I’ve been creating shows for Butlin's for over ten years and within the last six years I have been producing our pantomimes. My background and training is set and costume design, so I always try and push the boundaries producing shows with different looks and feels to excite our guests.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The best bit about my job is sitting amongst the audience and hearing and seeing their reaction to something I have created. There is no better reward than hearing laughter and applause or boos at the baddie!
How do you decide which panto to do each year?
Each year I put together several different proposals of what I think our guests would like to see, which I then present to the rest of the Entertainment Team. As a group we decide which one would best compliment the rest of the shows our guests can enjoy.
How long does the process take to pull together a panto?
About ten months!
How do you add the Butlin’s magic to the panto every year?
Each year we collaborate with industry professionals who can offer their expert knowledge and skills to help create something special. Our in-house team of technicians, stage managers, crew, wardrobe team and performers work and rehearse tirelessly to make the production as slick as possible – giving our shows that ‘Butlin's magic'.
What’s it like working with industry giants such as Jon Monie and The Twins FX?
We want to work with the best in the business so we can create something spectacular for our guests, as well the Twins FX and Jon our great script writer and special effects supplier, we’ve also called upon a fantastic music producer, musicians, session singers, CGI creators, costume designer and expert costume makers, set builders, prop makers, wig makers, lighting designer, director and choreographer, and of course we’ve been auditioning up and down the country to bring our guests a great cast of talented performers.
What’s your favourite pantomime?
For me, it's Aladdin!