Heartbreak Productions, that stalwart of open-air theatre, is jumping into the Panto game with an original, live-streamed, online Panto (for grown-ups) Tinsel in my Pants!

Never content with being conventional, Heartbreak saw no reason to stage an ordinary Panto. The story follows Terri the theatre tech as she bah-humbugs her way through another Zoom quiz. She gets sucked into Panto-Land via a faulty signal and must find her way back, revisiting 2020s challenges while coping with dames, damsels, and The Donald. This is very hard to do when Puss in Boots is carrying a whip and thinks “50 Shades of Grey” is an instruction manual. Tinsel in My Pants is Heartbreak's first piece of live, online theatre and will be done in true Heartbreak style with songs, silliness, and audience involvement.

The script is written in collaboration between Peter Mimmack, Heartbreak’s artistic director, and Emma Hodgkinson, founder of Dripping Honey Poetry. “I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into a theatre project,” said Peter. “Hopefully the joy of rehearsals, creativity and sharing will bring some lightness and laughter into living rooms across the UK.”

While Heartbreak traditionally tours open-air theatre (2021 will be their 30th year), 2020 has necessitated a shift in focus. During lockdown they created Heartbreak at Home, showing past productions for free on their YouTube channel and produced an Arts Council funded film project called Escape From Lockdown. Heartbreak has been so successful at adapting that they won the Leamington Business Award in the category of Business Pivot. This live, online panto is the latest answer from Heartbreak to the persistent Covid-19 question: how do we continue to provide cultural engagement and entertainment to our audiences in these topsy-turvy times? The answer - with love and laughter, and of course, a bit of silliness never goes amiss.

Maddy Kerr, Executive Director of Heartbreak, had this to say, “This year has been one of the most challenging in Heartbreak’s history and we’re very grateful still to be able to continue work in the industry we love with actors and arts professionals - huge thanks to Cultural Recovery Fund/Arts Council England.”

Tinsel in my Pants is suitable for ages 15+ and will be live streamed:

January 9th 2.30pm and 8.00pm January 10th 3.00pm and 7.30pm

Tickets available at www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk

Standard Ticket Price £15 Concessions Available