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Christmas and pantomimes go together and each year new authors turn their hand to writing these traditional scripts. This year Stephen Fry’s first panto, his own version of Cinderella, is playing at The Old Vic, London. A new book will be launched on 17th December, Lesley Cookman’s How To Write a Pantomime, which is the perfect guide to the traditions, characters, magic and music of panto. Enlivened by witty cartoons, and with a foreword by Roy Hudd OBE, it’s a great resource for both writers and actors.

Lesley Cookman, who has published numerous panto scripts which have been performed worldwide, is the writer and director of this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty at The Playhouse, Whitstable. She has also just published the third book in her Libby Sarjeant murder series, Murder in Midwinter which has a pantomime background set in an old oast house theatre.

Lesley Cookman is a bright and amusing interviewee with a wealth of experience and knowledge about pantomimes. She is available for interview and can also write feature articles. Extracts are available.

How To Write A Pantomime - £9.99 (ISBN 9781906125127) will be published by Accent Press Ltd on December 17th 2007

To arrange interviews
call Lesley Cookman on 01227 264826 or 078997 44300

To request review copies or arrange for extracts
call Hazel Cushion – 01443 710930 or 07810 314644

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