Panto, Tweenies, and Hebden Bridge Picture House

December 31, 2009

Do you remember when I went to see The Tweenies with Rachel? You probably don’t, why would you? I took Rachel to see The Tweenies Live. We had a wicked time, but it ended up costing me nearly £70, including train fares, merchandise, and tickets. It was fun, but it wasn’t the kind of fun that keeps you coming back to theatres to spend £70. Christ, I would object to paying that much to go to see a decent gig, never mind £70 to see 4 of the most irritating characters imaginable, singing ‘If you’re happy and you know it’, while waving a plastic light wand that cost a fiver, while the theatre merchandising company treat you like a walking cash machine.

So I didn’t consider taking Rachel to the Panto. Anyway, long story short, I changed my mind. I went to book tickets for Snow White, at the Carriageworks in Leeds. Tickets are subsidised by Leeds City Council, and cost £6 for a morning show, or £7.50 to an afternoon show. At that price, I can consider the theatre as something to do with Rachel. And that, I think is the point in arts subsidies.

Then me and a friend were considering stuff to do, next time we get together, and we remembered that my local cinema does elevenses, where you get a movie, a cup of tea(in a mug), and free biscuits, for £2.50. They show the major hollywood films, but also some really interesting films, you might not otherwise bother seeing. Again, thats arts funding. Hebden Bridge Picture House is one of the last council owned cinemas in the country.

I moan a lot in this blog. I rant about the state of the world. But actually, I live in a country, where the arts are made accessible to people. Thats pretty good.



  1. Well, most things that are for the general public in theatre, not just for the thespian elite, are subsidised in one way or another, so yes, subsidies are essential, but at the same time increasingly rare. I’m glad they give it to panto, as it is a child’s 1st experience of theatre usually, and may encourage them to come back in the future. As a former playwright, I’m sorta invested in this (no pun intended).

    I’m so glad you decided to take Rachel to the panot. She will love it, I’m sure. Even if little ones don’t get the plot or the jokes, the whole spectacle and being able to join in and booat the baddies, ect is enough to keep them captivated. The only risk in panto is really little kiddies get scared of the baddies, but often this is countered by them being made ridiculous. I’m sure you’ll all realy enjoy yourselves. Good call, you! Clare XXX

  2. Panot? You know what I mean! 🙂 ClareX

  3. very good

  4. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/8447211.stm This was the day and the panto.

  5. Light wands are on sale in Ipswich at £1 each, retail. I should stock-up for next season if I were you!

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