Letters: Ashton Hall, January 5, 2015

Press Launch for The Adventures of Robin Hood Kings Lynn Corn Exchange 'left to right back Ian Marr, Mimi Edwards and Steven Kynman'front Shaun Williamson ANL-150709-143802009
Press Launch for The Adventures of Robin Hood Kings Lynn Corn Exchange 'left to right back Ian Marr, Mimi Edwards and Steven Kynman'front Shaun Williamson ANL-150709-143802009
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It has recently come to my attention that as the pantomimes across the nation are flowing out, as are the reviews that come with them – to boost their popularity and aiming to convince more of the local and slightly distant local members of the public to come and watch the pantomime and therefore spreading the Christmas spirit.

And after reading your review of The Adventures of Robin Hood I was incredibly pleased to see that after the immense amount of work and rehearsal time spent, it gathered a very promising review. In fact, I felt that the review did the performance many favours and am completely satisfied that it will encourage huge audiences over the remaining 30 something shows.

Now, unluckily for you, I was in this pantomime. However you wouldn’t be aware of this if you were a reader of the review. “Why is that?” I hear you ask. I was one of the dancers in this year’s pantomime! In fact, I was made principal dancer and dance captain of the juvenile dancers. Alongside myself and the 16 other juvenile dancers were the four professional dancers. All of whom are incredible performers, hence why we were appointed these roles after the auditions earlier in the year.

I guess the point I am making is that we, as dancers, are aware that we are not the main focal point for the pantomime. I think that anybody, regardless of their profession, would agree with that. However, I was immensely disappointed when after reading this article, it came to my immediate attention that neither the professional nor the juvenile dancers were even mentioned throughout the entire review. Every other character got a mention, even if it literally just stated their name. And, of course, this is well deserved and I’m proud of them for getting this acknowledgement and gratitude. However, I felt it would be necessary to at least mention the dancers somehow or somewhere in the review. For the older dancers and the professionals in particular, this was very disheartening knowing that all those hours of rehearsals and all the effort put into our performance on stage was not even acknowledged. That’s like the writer of this review being given all the praise and credit, whilst the editor doesn’t even get a mention, even though they would have worked equally as hard to make sure it was the best it could be.

I’m not expecting a whole page on each individual dancer’s performance. But it would have been nice to at least have seen my name in amongst there somewhere along with the other professional dancers and juvenile dancers.

Ashton Hall

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