My First Panto: Jack & The Beansprout

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  • Jack playing the trumpet - Photo Andi Sapey
  • Children washing Daisy the Cow - Photo Andi Sapey
  • children fixing a leaky bath - Photo Andi Sapey
  • Overview

    Jack and his mother are poor, very poor! So poor, that they have to sell their cow Daisy.

    A magical encounter and Jack has beans, but no cow and no money!

    A beansprout in the back garden will take Jack and his mother to a world they have never dared to imagine.

    Will they get their beloved Daisy the Cow back? How will Jack make it back down the beansprout with all that gold? And what will the world look like if the giant comes down the beansprout as well?

    Join us, to see this classic Pantomime: Jack and the Beansprout get the My First Panto treatment as All-In Productions and The Garage embark on this Christmas production together following the success of last year’s smash hit My First Panto: Little Red Riding Hood. My First Panto: Jack and the Beansprout re-imagines this classic fairy story putting the audience at the center of the action and asking them to help Jack, his Mother and Daisy the Cow throughout this adventure to the land of the Giants. From getting Daisy the Cow ready for Market, helping Jack plant the magic beans in the garden and searching the land of the giants for golden eggs; you take part in this performance rather than just watching from a distance. This immersive children’s theatre will captivate your child’s imagination as they make believe with Jack and his friends.

    Created especially for young children and their families, this production will have you singing, dancing and playing with Jack, his Mother and Daisy the Cow throughout this magical adventure. A family friendly experience, in a relaxed setting for your little ones to participate in theatre for the first time; babies can be fed and children play along with the action. My First Panto: Jack and the Beansprout, is the event the whole family can enjoy and play together.

    Age: 2-5
    Running Time: 50-60 minutes (depending on how much you play)

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    “Packed full of songs and audience participation, it is the perfect performance for younger audiences who can’t sit still…”
    Norwich Mumbler

    “a happy and cheerful show that should instil a love for live theatre in the youngest of audiences… We give this one five Golden Egg rating!
    Norwich Eye

    “Jack and the Beansprout is wonderful! Simply delightful and beautifully performed…”
    Rock 'n' Roller Baby

    “our two-year-old Alex had a fantastic time, putting his dance moves to good affect, collecting golden eggs, hiding from the giant and helping the beansprout to grow. Meanwhile, his two parents had equally as much fun watching him become part of the show.”
    David Powels EDP

  • Dates & Booking

    Tickets: £12.50 Adult/ £7.50 Child, Under 1s go free.
    Bookings: 01603 598646 / Online


    My First Panto: Jack and the Beansprout is created for ages 2-6. Our relaxed performance have slight adjustments made to them for audiences of all ages with additional needs such as Autism and PMLD.
    You can download the visual story for My First Panto: Jack and the Beansprout here

    To book for relaxed performances (in white) please contact The Garage directly on 01603 283382.


    Panto timetable


  • Cast and Creatives


    Rob Gathercole


    Rob is a graduate of the actor-musicianship course at Rose Bruford College.

    His credits include: Say My Name! – The Unauthorised ‘Breaking Bad’ Parody Musical (Theatre N16); Fiddler on the Roof (Frinton Summer Theatre); Dreamboats and Petticoats (UK Tour); The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Goblin Theatre); A Christmas Carol (GLYPT) and The Wizard of Oz (Immersion Theatre, Open Air Tour).

    Rob is also a musical director and composer; he is resident composer for Immersion Theatre, currently working on their next UK tour of Pinocchio, and he has also written two musicals, The Downfall of the School and Say My Name! – The Unauthorised ‘Breaking Bad’ Parody Musical which premiered in London in October 2018.


    Jack Blakey


    Jack studied at Rose Bruford College, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Actor Musicianship.

    His credits whilst at Rose Bruford include Island Song, The Seagull, Macbeth, Illyra, and The Cherry Orchard.

    Jack’s professional Theatre credits include Frankenstein, The Merchant of Venice, Feet First and Mark And The Marked (Box Clever Theatre).

    Other work includes The Fifth Continent (Pan Intercultural Arts) and played Double Bass in The Cabaret Farce (Edinburgh Fringe).

    When he's not acting, Jack plays drums for Zoe West and the Hanging Baskets.


    Celeste Collier

    CELESTE COLLIER - Fairy Godmother/Harp

    Celeste trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance as an Actor Musician.

    Theatre credits include: Sleeping Beauty (Key Theatre Peterborough); The Hollow (Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre); One Man, Two Guvnors (Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne); A Christmas Carol (The Little Theatre); The Cane (Bush Theatre); Urinetown (Stratford Circus); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Syzygy Theatre); The Merchant of Venice and Attempts on Her Life (Rose Bruford).

    She has spent this year writing her debut album Rinse and Repeat which will be released in 2019.


    DANIEL BURGESS - Director

    Daniel is Artistic Director of All-In Productions, based in the Eastern regions; All-In Productions creates work for audiences who don’t normally engage with theatre.

    Directing credits include: Rules For Being A Man, Zero For The Young Dudes (The Garage and Norwich Playhouse), My First Circus: The Circus Child, My First Panto: Little Red Riding Hood, My First Panto: Cinderella, (The Garage) The Sweethearts (The Finborough Theatre), The Little Blue Boat And The Secret Of The Broads (The New Wolsey and Latitude), Guardian Angels (Park Theatre), Actors Platform Showcase (Tristan Bates), The Dispossessed (Etcetera Theatre), Days Of Significance, Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Nativity (Theatre Royal Norwich Youth Company), The Pillowman (Norwich Playhouse), Award Nominated Production of In The Blood, Beating Heart Cadaver, Sign Of The Times (Finborough Theatre), Waterton’s Wild Menagerie, (Theatre503), Coming And Going (Poole Lighthouse Theatre), Christie In Love (Edinburgh Festival).

    As Associate: As You Like It (The Globe), Orpheus And Eurydice (produced by NYT at The Old Vic Tunnels), Dorothy And The Lost Princess Of Oz (Theatre Royal Norwich).

    As Assistant: Anne Boleyn (English Touring Theatre and The Globe), As You Like It (The Globe), A Day At The Racists, Moliere Or The League Of Hypocrites and Too True To Be Good (Finborough Theatre), Skylight and The Ugly One (Norwich Playhouse).


    LLOYD GORMAN - Composer

    Lloyd trained at Rose Bruford College.

    Theatre credits include: Once (New Wolsey Theatre and Queens Theatre Hornchurch); The Jungle Book (Northampton Royal & Derngate and Chichester Festival Theatre, UK Tour) Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre, West End); Nicobobinus (LOST Theatre, UK Tour); Worst Wedding Ever (Salisbury Playhouse, Tour) Saturday Night (Arts Theatre, West End); Our House (New Wolsey Theatre, UK Tour); My First Panto: Cinderella (The Garage); The Story Giant (Marine Theatre, UK Tour); Faust (Greenwich Theatre); Anyone Can Whistle (Jermyn Street); Pinocchio (Tolmen Centre); The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd, Romeo and Juliet, David Copperfield, White Nights and The Nose and Harmless (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); Fewer Emergencies (Deptford Albany); Grimethorpe Race (Arcola); Treasure Island (UK Tour).

    TV credits include: Tittybangbang (BBC).

    Other credits: Without a Dowry (workshop – National Theatre).

    Composing Credits: My First Circus: The Circus Child, My First Panto: Little Red Riding Hood, My First Panto: Cinderella (All-In Productions and The Garage); The Pillowman (Theatre Royal Actors Company); Grimethorpe Race (Arcola Theatre).

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