Liam Rudden of the Brunton Theatre’s Aladdin - interview
The writer-director shares his insight into the panto-creating process
What are the challenges of adapting such a well-known story?
The biggest challenge is ensuring that the narrative is not lost in amongst all the routines, gags and songs. Finding the right routines and songs to advance the story is crucial.
How does the Brunton’s production of Aladdin differ from others that you’ve seen?
It’s set in the ancient Scottish enclave of Musselburgh in Ancient Peking, China, so the is a nice cultural mix. It’s also, hopefully, a bit more high-energy.
What the most exciting moment of the panto season? Finishing the script? Meeting the cast for the first time? Or opening night?
Hearing the cast bring the script to life for the first time at the read through on day one of rehearsals. The culmination of a year’s work.
Do you have a particularly fond memory of a panto you saw when you were young?
Watching Johnny Beattie as the Dame at the Edinburgh King’s production of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood back in the 70s. That was when I discovered my love of panto.
Aladdin, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, until Sat 7 Jan.