STAFFORD panto fans will get a gold medal performance this year after one of the creative team from the London 2012 opening ceremony signed up to direct the show.
Paulette Randall, who was Danny Boyle’s right hand woman, will direct Sleeping Beauty, the rock ‘n’ roll panto.
Paulette was the Associate Director for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics and first worked with Boyle 31 years ago when she won a prize to have a play directed by him. Working with him inspired her to become a director.
An alumnus of Rose Bruford School of Speech and drama alumnus she has a long list of theatre and television credits.
She is the former artistic director of Talawa Theatre Company and is also the foremost director of American playwright August Wilson’s plays in this country.
Recently she directed Lenny Henry in Fences in the West End to critical acclaim and has also directed Wilson’s work at the Arena Stage in Washington DC. Her other theatre credits include Twelfth Night, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl and Crossing.
Her extensive television career includes the Bafta-nominated Desmond’s, The Real McCoy and The Crouches.
Derrick Gask, producer of Sleeping Beauty said: "Having already begun working with Paulette I am in no doubt that this year’s show is going to be very special. She’s an exceptional director who will do a fantastic job bringing the classic fairy tale to life with a Stafford rock ‘n’ roll twist.”Paulette will be joining an award-winning creative team, including musical director Craig Adams in his third year in Stafford having previously worked on Beauty and the Beast and Dick Whitttington.
His numerous credits include musical arrangements and direction for Kerry Ellis on her one-woman show at the Shaw Theatre, Kerry Ellis - The Great British Songbook, An Audience with Kerry Ellis (Shaw Theatre, 2011), musical director/composer and arranger on Julie Atherton’s new album, No Space for Air; vocal arranger/string and brass arrangements for Love, Drunk, Soul, The Franks new album.
He has worked on various devised musicals including Bed, Apartment 15 and Festival as well as being musical director on shows such as Oh What a Lovely War, Battlements, The Watchers, Ghosts Of The Past, Smile and My Fair Lady to name a few. Craig won the Tim Williams award for best song in the new music/old lyric category in 2010 for Live Hence By Truth (lyric by William Shakespeare).
“I’m really excited to be coming back, I love the Gatehouse and rock ‘n’ roll panto is my favourite time of year,” said Craig.
“I’m thrilled to get the chance to work with Paulette as well as an amazing cast. We have found some extraordinary talent this year.”
Sleeping Beauty features songs from artists like Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to more unusual rock ‘n’ roll numbers.
You can see a clip of the highly acclaimed ceremony below:
It runs from Wednesday, December 11, to Saturday, January 11, 2014. Tickets are available from £12.50 at the box office on 01785 254653 or by visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.