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Pantomime in Scotland DVD

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Providing a unique insight into a forgotten golden age of pantomime, these films from the collections of the National Library of Scotland - Scottish Screen Archive offer a remarkable glimpse of the ephemeral art of live theatre.

DVD running time 165 minutes with accompanying 24-page illustrated booklet.

Features silent amateur films from the heyday of Scottish Pantomime,1931 to 1952. Including the star-filled extravaganza's of Glasgow's Alhambra Theatre and smaller variety-style productions of the Royal Princess's Theatre.

The four main sections are: Stars of Scottish Pantomime (including a voice over by Stanley Baxter), Parts of Scottish Pantomime and Imagined Worlds of Scottish Pantomime - both guiding you through some key elements of pantomime and its location, the Complete Films section presents a selection of some of the best surviving films of individual pantomimes.

Throughout, the musical soundtrack features newly rediscovered music especially recorded for the DVD by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, as well as specially commissioned improvised piano scores by Karen MacIver and Dave Anderson.

Rare sound film of Scottish comedian Tommy Lorne from 1927.
Cinema Trailer for 'Tartan Galore', a show at the Metropole Theatre, Glasgow in 1934.

'These films offer a wonderful glimpse of the Scottish pantomimes and stars that I remember seeing as a boy - marvellous!' Stanley Baxter.

DVD is made to European PAL format standards. The DVD is exempt from BBFC classification. All material is copyright to University of Glasgow, 2009.