Many weddings have had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Amongst them, Grenoside Pantomime’s Dame, Phil Wright, was set to marry the co-producer and cast member Kathy Allen on 25th April.
They have now postponed the wedding until December, but still wanted to mark their “Not Tying the Knot Day” and asked friends and family to join in by posting photos on social media.
Their friends at Grenoside Pantomime decided to go one step further. Tracey Blackburn who played Granny Hawkins in this year’s production of Treasure Island, came up with the idea of doing a group video, with the cast singing along to “All You Need Is Love”. This was all a bit last minute, but those who were available soon launched themselves into it and within a few short hours, producer Steve Atkinson skilfully edited the clips together into a video tribute to the happy couple.
The very talented Steve Eddison, who played Squire Trelawney in the group’s last production, also wrote a little poem to celebrate (if that’s the right word) Kathy and Phil “Not Tying The Knot”. The hilarious ditty mentions arguments about who is wearing the dress and, in traditional panto style, there’s lots of “oh yes they are" and "oh no they’re not!” He asks us to “Drink a toast to the couple who cannot get wed, lying 6 feet apart in the marital bed." Both videos can be viewed on the groups Facebook page.
Many of the couple’s friends and family dressed up (or top half dressed up!) and posted photos raising a glass to the couple. Some also created TikTok videos, such as Briony Colton who played “Sally” catching the bouquet, with shocked boyfriend holding his head in his hands. The Fellows family created series of photos and TikToks, fighting over catching the bouquet, creating the buffet and enjoying the disco in the evening.
The Pantomime Group are currently working out how to move forward with their next production which will be Jack and the Beanstalk. They hope to start rehearsing as usual in September ready to put on next year’s show as normal, at the end of January. To keep up to date with news from the group, like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter or check out their webpage at grenosidepanto.org.