The Guardian 14 December 2020

At this time of year, we should spare a thought for the panto characters. Once free to roam our stages each Christmas, they have been grounded ever since the doomy gloom cast its spell across the land. Now, they are cruelly confined to their dressing rooms, with not so much as a cheer or hiss to egg them on.

Thanks to the magic of Zoom, we can see some of them trapped in Perth theatre. There’s Helen Logan as Corrupta, an everyvillain ready to cause mayhem with her mirrors, poisoned apples and magic lamps. Trapped in a props store beneath the stage, she unmutes the audience so we can boo. [READ MORE]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).