Judge Recruitment

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Could you be a Judge for the UK Pantomime Awards?

After a turbulent year for the Arts, we are thrilled to announce the return of The Pantomime Awards, which will be brought to you by the UK Pantomime Association, a newly formed organisation founded to celebrate all aspects of pantomime.

“We’re looking forward to getting back into theatres and recruiting a new team of judges to help us celebrate and champion excellence across Pantoland. After a challenging 2020 season, the industry is gearing up and raring to go for 2021, ready to share that much needed panto magic with audiences across the UK. Pantomime is a vital part of our cultural heritage and theatrical landscape, which we will honour in a new-look awards ceremony in early 2022.”

Simon Sladen, Chair, UK Pantomime Association

What we’re looking for:

During November, December and January, our Judges will seek to visit over 200 professional pantomimes nominating Winners for the 2021/22 Season. We are currently recruiting new Judges to join our experienced Team and, in particular, we need Judges who can cover the following regions:

  • Anglia
  • London and surrounding
  • Midlands
  • North East
  • North West
  • South Coast
  • South East
  • Yorkshire

Our Team of Judges will cover the length and breadth of the UK. We aim to ensure they represent the diverse nature of pantomime audiences, and welcome applications from people who have experience which could include:

  • A professional pantomime performance or production credit
  • A journalistic/reviewing background
  • Seasoned audience member with a critical eye

What will a judge be required to do?

All Judges will be required to:

  • Watch approximately 8 performances in their Region
  • Commit time to complete and submit a Show Report via the awards portal

Benefits of being a judge

Benefits include:

  • Complimentary tickets for pantomime performances within an agreed Region
  • An Invitation to the Pantomime Awards Judges Meeting in February
  • Tickets for the Pantomime Awards Ceremony in April

Please note, there is no payment for being a judge.

Training for All Judges

All Judges will be required to attend an Online Training session where guidance will be given regarding the use of the UK Pantomime Awards Portal.

Interested in applying?

As a new organisation, the UK Pantomime Association aims to celebrate, support and champion diversity and inclusivity in all its work.

We are currently recruiting for judges and aspire to engage a diverse group of volunteers. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and acknowledge the importance of lived experience, as well as the significant role local audiences play in regional pantomime’s production and reception. For the 2021/22 season, we particularly welcome applications from disabled and neurodiverse individuals, members of the LGBTQI+ community, and people from the global majority, in particular those with African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian or South East Asian heritage, as these voices are currently underrepresented in our team.

All prospective Judges will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire to outline their relevant experience and submit a written response to a short extract from a streamed pantomime recording.