After two months of filming and editing Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s community parody video This Is Smee has launched.

Celebrating local businesses, charities and social groups, the profile-raising video supporting this year’s pantomime Peter Pan saw a cast of local people of all ages and performance abilities accompany cast members Andy Collins and La Voix (Britain’s Got Talent), for the video shoot this September.

With lyrics written by Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, this was a first for the regional venue who were inspired by hit movie The Greatest Showman’s track This Is Me. Assisted by the team from Vivo D’Arte who recently announced a new partnership with the Waterside opening a School of Theatre Arts in the New Year, the video was directed and choreographed to showcase the local companies (and their hidden dance skills!) The cast includes this year’s junior panto ensemble led by Susan Diane School of Dance, businesses including McDonalds, Rocky and Kook vintage fashion, Noodle Nation and new establishment Craftyard Aylesbury, alongside Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, Scannappeal, Aylesbury Neighbourhood Policing team, Bucks Fire and Rescue and Bucks County Museum to name a few.

The video marks the start of the countdown to Christmas and this year’s festive production. UK Productions, the producers of the pantomime have enjoyed seeing the video come together and are overwhelmed by the support of the community.

Martin Dodd, Managing Director of UK Productions said: ‘The people of Aylesbury have excelled themselves. The pantomime always receives a warm welcome in the town, and the venue always gets into the spirit of Christmas whole-heartedly, with this video idea being no exception. We’re in discussions with our technical team about playing the video during the panto season so these wonderful local stars can have an opportunity to reach the masses!’

The video is available to view here:


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre was nominated for 3 Great British Pantomime Awards 2018 including Best Director, Best Comic and Best Panto (750- 1500 seats).

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