9 November 2021
Alex Jackson first worked with the King’s Head as a Trainee Resident Director in 2018-19 as Assistant Director and Producer on several projects while being mentored by the staff team at the theatre. And he's known Charles Court Opera for just as long! Alex worked an Assistant Director while at the King’s Head on the panto that year, Buttons: A Cinderella story; directed in the round with a fun, vibrant style. Already a big panto fan, this really ignited a passion in him for small scale, creative pantos that can push the boundaries larger productions are restrained by.
But Alex’s creative skills don’t stop there - oh, no. Now a Junior Associate of the venue, Alex is a master of many talents - a Pantomime extraordinaire and Graphic Design whizz, (what he calls his ‘muggle job’).
Beowulf: An Epic Panto is on sale now, and you can see Alex’s artwork across our website, social media and in print at our venue.
We got in touch with Alex Jackson because, who else would be better placed to create the artwork for Beowulf: An Epic Panto?
We asked Alex what the process was, designing the artwork for King’s Head Theatre and Charles Court Opera’s one of a kind, boutique, Panto.
Primarily, Alex is a director with a passion for theatre that is brave, bold, imaginative, and fun with entertainment at its heart. Alex is Co-Founder and Festival Director of Exeter Fringe Festival, and co-creator of new musical theatre podcast All That Scratch recorded live at The Other Palace. Alex has a breadth of experience working across musical theatre, comedies, queer work and other plays (you can find out more about his directing work here).
"In a fun link to this project, I'm a big advocate for pantomime as a genre. I’ve previously judged for the Great British Pantomime Awards, and I write my own pantomime scripts which are available to licence for amateur theatre groups, schools, and youth theatres. I’ve also been known to play dame on occasion, which is always a fantastic opportunity to have fun - if a lot of work!"