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Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Annual Makeover


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s annual makeover for 2023 has been completed with a mural paying homage to this year’s family pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Fri 1 Dec 2023 – Wed 3 Jan 2024).

Completed in 2.5 days the striking masterpiece is the work of scenic theatre painters Jason Bishop and Alex Caddick from UK Productions, the company who produce the venue’s pantomime.

Each year the team hand-paint a design that has been exclusively sketched for the venue. Jason said of this year’s design: ‘The initial sketch took about 2 hours. We love creating a real talking point for the town and think it’s important the panto magic starts from the very moment audiences walk through the doors’.

Eight paint colours are used, blended and applied to the venue’s exterior entrance – a bold reminder of this year’s production starring Andy Collins. The painting depicts the Waterside Theatre disguised as a mine with the Seven Dwarfs walking towards their cottage. The ‘good versus evil’ design sees the opposite side of the piece in darker shades complete with Wicked Queen and innocent Snow White as a vision in the mirror. The mirror frame is the first ever 3D element to be added to the design, and the central apple feature serves as reminder for arguably the most infamous part of the tale.

With youth ensemble dancers recently announced as All Stars and Castielli School of Dance, and further star casting on the horizon, it’s clear to see pantomime season is already high on the agenda – oh yes it is!

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