We are delighted to announce that we will be including coverage of UK Cabaret subscribers, who are involved in pantomime this year.

As we continue to reach out to more show business areas, we believe that pantomime coverage is something we should be involved in. Many of our subscribers are involved in pantomime. Although initially we said we would not cover events which involve actors, it is quite accurate to say that many of our subscribers are cabaret and concert artistes, who also involve themselves in pantomime every year.

We just cannot provide blanket panto-coverage. We do not have a network of suitable reviewers as yet. However, we want to support and feature our subscribers in panto-land. If you are appearing in pantomime or if you a producer or promoter, we want to hear from you. It is our intention to run a UK Pantomime supplement. We have advertising deals available, with the possibly for huge web-coverage and for a fraction of the price of other publications. Just e-mail and let me know where you are appearing and full details of your show. We can then send a member of our review team along. O yes we can!

Showcase news

Amongst other news, I am delighted to report that Showcase Productions event at The Viva in Blackpool and Curtains Up showcase in Southend-On-Sea are both set to repeat their respective events next year. In addition, Showcase Productions are following their success last year at Stratford Upon Avon, with a second showcase in the land of Shakespeare in February (see back cover for details). UK Cabaret has been invited to both events and we will again be giving full coverage.

Keeping It Live

The people behind the Keeping It Live showcase appear to be Keeping It Secret, with no press, that we are aware of being invited along to their events yet again. This is all the peculiar, as a number of their team actually subscribe to this publication. However, this is of course a matter for them. We mention it here due to repeated enquiries by phone and e-mails, asking why we are never at any such events. The reason is simple. No invitation has been forthcoming.

The Grand Order of Water Rats

UK Cabaret will be publishing a review of the entertainment on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel, for the Grand Order of Water Rats annual ball. We are most grateful to King Rat Ian Richards for inviting UK Cabaret managing editor Mark Ritchie and his wife Beverley along to this event. Attending also, will be UK Cabaret design manager Adam Press and his wife Lisa.

Agents Association

Talks between the Agents Association and UK Cabaret seem finally to be moving in the right direction. We have been striving for a close working relationship between our publication and the London based association. After consultation with association officials Bob James and Phil Barrett, we are hoping of gaining the valuable support of this long-established trade body.

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