The Great British Pantomime Awards are a yearly awarding body celebrating the Pantomime Industry. Our judges are selected from a range of backgrounds for their knowledge and passion for pantomime, these include but are not exclusive of industry professionals; both current and retired, theatre academics, media and communication professionals and members of the public who have been selected for their enthusiasm and understanding of Pantomime. Prior to each season a large selection of judges are interviewed and selected by the GBPA who ensure that they are able to articulate their thoughts about a production and the theatrical elements and conventions which may make it worthy of an award.
All judges are then expected to attend a conference prior to the commencement of the yearly pantomime season where they understand the permitters in which benchmarks are set and therefore nominees chosen. A strong focus is given to the the following;
An understanding of the importance of originality combined with an emphasis on the importance of tradition in Pantomime.
An understanding that a pantomime for one audience may not be accountable or understood by someone outside its given demographic and the importance to be subjective of this.
Developing the understanding which aesthetics and other sensory elements, both technical and non technical play in developing a pantomime for stage.
The importance of interaction and communication with the audience and the role this plays within pantomime.
During the judging process, judges watch and mark a show based on a wide ranging criteria covering all elements of the pantomime, for which they write a detailed commentary. This commentary, combine with the scoring, over a number of judges are then used to assist in shortlisting productions. A post season conference then takes place with all judges in order to have a well rounded a deep debate and informed discussion to obtain the final nominees for each category. This process is blind chaired by a member of the board of the Great British Pantomime Awards, who will not enter into discussion with the judges with his/her own opinion in relation to any particular production or production element. These are then fed into a further blind chaired smaller panel made up of board members and any judge who has seen a larger number of performances to decide on the winners for each category.
We intend to see every production which runs for more than 20 days and in a theatre with a capacity over 450, or the equivalent based on venue size and length of run. All shows must have a professional cast and crew within the aforementioned parameters to be considered by the GBPA.