Paving the Way Panto Project


Turning The Hands Of Time 2021/22

For this year’s Pantomime Project, the Grand Theatre joined forces with one of Europe’s most renowned Storytellers, Peter Chand. We decided to base the project on the theme of ‘Time’, as it features heavily in this year’s pantomime, CINDERELLA.

The project began back in October, when Peter delivered writing workshops to ten pupils from each of the nine participating primary schools. During these initial workshops Peter helped the pupils write their very own fifty word story. The pupils either wrote about the future or the past, and all of these stories are now displayed inside the theatre. Peter then returned to the schools a month later to help the pupils ‘lift’ their stories off the page and to bring them to life, with a selection of pupils performing their stories at the unveiling event.

Some of the stories have been incorporated into a specially designed Cinderella dress, handmade exclusively for the project by local Textile Artist, Sue Chand.

The project would not have been possible without the Cultural Recovery Fund and Charitable Foundations as well as generous donations made by the public to our Creative Learning Fund. Please visit for information on ways to donate to future projects and to see the impact your support makes.

For more information on this project or to enquire about how your group can become involved in future projects, please contact our Outreach Manager for Creative Learning, James Collins –

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