Fangs at the ready for the 'alternative' Christmas panto - The Solihull Observer

Fangs at the ready for the 'alternative' Christmas panto

Solihull Editorial 19th Dec, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

THE ALTERNATIVE yuletide comedy Vampomime which tells the tale of love at first bite is showing in Coventry.

Residents have been warned not to miss this extra special treat which will be descending on the city under the cover of darkness at the Belgrade Theatre until January 2.

Running alongside the theatre’s Christmas production of Beauty and the Beast, Vampomime is a brilliantly batty new comedy direct from the pen of acclaimed Coventry writer Nick Walker.

This year’s production of Beauty and the Beast is beset by practical problems as they cannot enter the stage until they have been invited in. The glare of the lighting is also really painful on their eyes and they are completed distracted by an uncontrollable bloodlust for virgins – although they do not anticipate that being a big problem with Coventry audiences.

Mr Walker said he had always really enjoyed vampire literature from Dracula to Bram Stoker onwards so when he was told the main house was going to be performing Beauty and the Beast it got me thinking, what sort of beast should we have in our B2 alternative Christmas show.

“I thought why don’t we do something with vampires and that quickly evolved into the idea that vampires have a range of practical difficulties in life which got me wondering what it would be like if they formed a theatre company and put on a pantomime.

“I also think the whole vampire culture has got much more interesting recently thanks to shows like Buffy, Twilight and Being Human where vampires are put in quite recognisable, everyday situations.

“It’s not castles and Transylvania anymore, it’s urban settings and you can’t get much more urban than Coventry.”

visit or call the box office on 024 7655 3055 for tickets which are priced between £8.75 and £16.25.


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