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Pantomime dame on stage in costume

Sale Nomads production of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’

As a long established part of the Sale community, I was very excited to be invited to come along to photograph  a performance of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ by Sale Nomads amateur theatre club at the Waterside Arts Centre last month.

 

Jack and the Beanstalk theatre production on stage with full cast

For many years, the Nomads have been the team behind the ‘Sale Panto’ performed each January at the Waterside Arts Centre and as they themselves say ‘generations of families have been coming to boo, hiss and cheer at all the colourful characters’.

Woman on stage in costume carrying gift

Made up entirely of volunteers the huge group of people of all ages involved in Nomads really put their heart and soul into these productions, not to mention hours and hours of their free time! It was wonderful to tag along for a couple of hours to the final dress rehearsal to get a glimpse into just how professional these amateurs actually are! A tight knit, hard-working family that give their all on stage and off, all paying off with a fantastic production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Oh yes it was!

Pantomime theatre production actor in red haired wig

 

After photographing the rehearsal I came back as an audience member with my daughter and we both had so much fun loving the singing, dancing and loads of laughs. It was ‘the best night of her life’ according to my 7 year old daughter who practically skipped home after being up on stage with a gang of other excited kids and getting the chance to grab photos with some of the cast.

 

Pantomime scene on stage with woman passing gift to mayor in jack and the beanstalk

If you fancy getting involved in Nomads or would like to find out a bit more about them, you can get in touch via their website: https://salenomads.org.uk

Their next upcoming show is ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’, on from 9th-13th May 2023. You can find out more and buy tickets here: https://salenomads.org.uk/upcoming/the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee/

Performer on stage in character as Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime

 

To check out some more of my theatre photography, pop to the performance page on my website: https://sonyasmithphotography.com/commercial-photography/performance-photography/


Having someone document your own work is always a daunting experience, but Sonya was fantastic in the space; she immediately understood the aesthetic and worked with me to capture the sense of the show beautifully. Sonya’s photographs were able to elevate my show and they have been of such benefit when approaching touring venues as a way of presenting the performance for the next stage of the work

- Wayne Steven Jackson (‘And Here I Find Myself’ Lowry Theatre, Salford)