The Great Panto Review 2009: Oh yes it is


Photo by Sallycat101 on Flickr

GREAT buns…

It's nearly midnight and still no sign of Dick.

He's behind you!

Well actually, no he's not yet and it will be a couple of months before he will be.

Oh how we love a good panto.

So now, as the supermarket shelves are already filling with whopping great tins of Quality Street and Christmas cake, it's a good a time as any to tell you about our Great Panto Review 2009 campaign.

Have a Lovely Time contributors from across the UK are rubbing their lamps and wishing for pantomime review tickets. Most also have their own blog, with loyal readerships, of varying shapes and sizes and their reviews will also be published on these sites.

Major sites Parentdish, through Joanne Mallon and Livingwithkids, through Liz Jarvis have also agreed to take up the baton.

Top UK bloggers Jo Beaufoix, Tara at Sticky Fingers, Susanna at AModernMother and Ian at Singleparentdad, as well as at least a couple of dozen more are licking their nibs in anticipation.

We're delighted that theatres in the Midlands, North West and South East have already agreed to take part by providing review tickets or have been in touch independently to offer tickets for review. 

Because Have a Lovely Time is all about families having fun, often on holiday, we also wanted to boost a charity which helps children gain some very happy memories. Each blogger receiving tickets will be asked to make a donation of a sum of their choice to  The National Alliance of Childhood Cancer Parent Organisations, which provides holidays for youngsters.

Fundraiser Rachael Olley is a Have A Lovely Time contributor.

We want to include a series of reviews in December 2009/January 2010 under the heading "The Great Panto Review."

A social media campaign will promote the reviews. This will include Facebook, Twitter,, Stumbleupon etc, bringing a fabulous potential readership and lots of opportunities for discussion and cross posting about how much we enjoyed the show.

We are also planning publicity material about the collaborative blogging initiative.

Blog badges and a Twitter hashtag will be included, giving us an opportunity to spread the word further.

Our major social media campaign will depend on us also including the younger members of the audience's view and as bloggers on family entertainment, it is vital that children's views are also included.

Bigstockphoto_Christmas_2375107[1]  How can you help?


Have a Lovely Time contributors

If you would like to take part, or have already got your tickets, please blog about this initiative. Please link to this post to help spread the message.

Watch out for our updates about a blog badge and Twitter hashtag for nearer the time.

Please have a look at NACCPO. Please consider donating a sum, regardless of much you feel you can afford. Every little helps. 

You can do this quickly and simply online.

Please contact me to check that your local theatre has not yet been contacted. Please make sure you have the information supplied about how to contact your local theatre and let me know if you haven't.

Be prepared to follow up with your local theatre to ensure the best chance of accessing review tickets.

Please refer your theatre's press officers or marketing managers to me if they have any queries. They can email me at


Please support our Great Panto Review and NACCPO by providing UK parent bloggers contributing to Have a Lovely Time and their own blogs, with review tickets for your fantastic Christmas productions.

Please contact me if you have any queries.

You can read some of the feedback and publicity about our blog. More information about 'reach' and reader numbers is available on request.

Look forward to seeing you all at the Great Panto Review 2009!

Even if it means this year, there'll be no Barrowman for me. Lucky old Cardiff has him this year!