Jamie Alexander Wilson | Writer/Director
Jamie is not quite over the hill, but is sitting on a bench near the top. He has been the producer of Sevenoaks Panto since the Stag reopened in 2009, and is proud to have built the festive season from nothing, to a regular audience of over 22,000 people. He started his life in panto as a stage hand at the age of 17, and has variously played Principal Boy, Comic, Villain and Dame as well as writing, producing and directing. This year will mark 25 years of panto, which by anyone’s reckoning is too many.
Jamie has been a jack of all trades and master of very little to speak of for many years. A ‘career’ spanning singing, acting, directing, and teaching, as well as travelling the world as a hotel entertainment consultant, and sitting in the dark tv gallery of a well known shopping channel, has produced almost nothing noteworthy, and Jamie has nearly run out of ways to avoid getting a proper job.
After spending ten years producing pantomimes around the country, Jamie now makes just one show a year in Sevenoaks, and spends the rest of him time working as a cruise director on the rivers of Europe. Since 2019 he has also been a regular member of the panto cast on stage at the Stag.
Since international travel was curtailed in March 2020, Jamie has done his best to create opportunities for artists and audiences to enjoy live entertainment wherever possible. During the summer of 2020
Jamie produced a socially distanced open air festival, ‘Live On The Vine’, raising over £20,000 to support the Stag and performers. At Christmas, the traditional Stag panto was transformed into ground breaking live broadcast show, beaming directly into 1,500 homes around the world, and at Easter, Jamie staged another live broadcast family show, ‘Kent’s Coming Out Of Lockdown Preparation Party’.
For the rest of this year, Jamie will be working once again with the Stag Theatre, other regional theatres and local government to produce a number of projects that will help with a return of a cultural curriculum in Primary Schools, encourage audience back inside theatres, and provide open air entertainment through-out the summer.