Panto creator’s plea for public’s favourite jokes

5th May 2020

Everyone is looking for a good laugh during lockdown. And that includes Little Theatre panto creator Nick Earnshaw.

He is using the enforced summer home confinement to write the Aladdin script for our next festive fun show.

Nick is already brimming with ideas for the panto, but he is asking you, the public, to send him short gags that he might be able to work into the family entertainment.

“They can be whatever makes you laugh, or something with a local north Norfolk flavour. It doesn’t have to relate to Aladdin – we tweak them at this end to fit the show. But please keep them short and clean!”

Nick hopes to have the basic script ready by July, and is looking at a variety of different budgets and scenarios depending on how the lockdown lift is progressing by the time the panto is due to launch in mid December.

“It is different, but I am really enjoying the challenge of being creative with whatever resources and circumstances, including social distancing, we will have at the time,” he said.

It is likely to involve professional actors playing a variety of roles, and should include the puppetry and special effects audiences have come to enjoy.

Nick is combining penning the panto plot, with keeping his youth drama groups ticking over in his home county of Staffordshire. That has included online rehearsals via Zoom, which have featured model sets and plastic toy people showing movements on stage.

He has also celebrated his birthday at home with his family – wife Hayley and children Morgan 14, Riley 12, and Archie 5 – who set up a lounge cinema session complete with popcorn because he was missing his movies so much. Nick is also home schooling the boys and doing the obligatory lockdown spring clean and clear out.

Email your best jokes to Nick at

Sheringham Little Theatre panto creator Nick Earnshaw working on the script in lockdown