Production of the pantomime Cinderella at the Manchester Opera House. Panto surely has to be among the oldest forms of entertainment – bawdy jokes, camp men in drag and cries of ‘it’s behind you’ must’ve been running in a more or less identical form for centuries, and it’s testament only to the commitment and energy of the performers that it still feels fresh. I used to hate panto – now I revel in the inherent daftness and irony of them.
For two whole days I was allowed backstage with a camera in each hand – then, with a show to run, they got tired of me and asked me to leave. My aim was to try and see everything you couldn’t see from the stalls – the music pit, the action in the wings, the makeup, and how the performers behave when they’re not on stage.