CAMP - The Panto!
Pack your bags for a seventies seaside rock-and-roll rom-com crime caper!
The perfect feel-good summer panto, CAMP is set in the early 1970s, when hair was long, platform heels were high and flares were wide. The action takes place at ‘Sandy Shores’ holiday camp, a family business struggling to survive. The highlight of the season is the grand talent contest, which attracts a young man who wants to be a star and with him a mysterious stranger who may not be all he seems.
Join the party at Sandy Shores for a show packed with laughs, songs, romance, mystery and nostalgia which is completely, overwhelmingly, undeniably CAMP. Written for a large cast with a wide age range.
Alvin, dreams of becoming a pop star
Lulu, a widow, owner of Sandy Shores Holiday Camp
Donna, daughter of Lulu, general manager of Sandy Shores
Sammy, the camp mascot
Gene, manager of the Beachcomber bar
The ‘Lock -Buster’ (aka Charlie) an international jewel thief
Detective Inspector Broom
Detective Constable Bob Sergeant
Valerie – a bluecoat
Lesley – a bluecoat
Larry Grayson, the camp lifeguard
Aunt Sally the ventriloquist
Bai Bai the panda, a ventriloquist’s dummy
Bernard Mainwaring, resident comedian
Monsieur Charles Aznavoice -a mime artist
Wilbur Smith Jr., American Tourist
Su-Ellen, American tourist, sister of Wilbur
Chorus: Holidaymakers, radio announcer, Beefeaters, police officers, bus driver, hairdressers, etc
Running time around 2 hours 10 minutes
" Sandy Shores, Lulu speaking, how can I help you? And your name is…? Mr Bassett.
First name? Bertie. Your mother called you Bertie Bassett? Never mind. It takes all sorts." CAMP Act 1 Scene 2
“Went to see this last night not knowing what to think of a panto based on a holiday camp in summer but I am so glad I did, it was brilliant, my whole family were in stitches." - Sue V.
The premise had me interested from the beginning: a pantomime set in a British holiday park, involving grand heists, talent shows and plenty of glam rock! From the first read through it was obvious that the script was jam packed with jokes; almost every line had the potential to draw huge laughs while also keeping the story moving at a pace. The variety of character roles big and small means this is a perfect panto for any theatre company, with some really enjoyable lead characters for actors to get their teeth into."
- Adam H.