Arts & Culture

1st January 2021

A Tale To Tell | Review

A Tale To Tell is a new short musical film which tells the story of what happens when a load of pantomime characters find out that this year’s shows have been cancelled! They decide to come together to put on an online production and this film documents both the show and the making of it.

The Production Team

The film is written, produced and directed by Glen Murphy of Twist and Pulse and it is absolutely brilliant. The story is unique and inventive yet relatable and it encapsulates the joy of pantomime without being one. The original songs by Murphy with Nick Barstow are spot on and fit the feel of the film so well.

The Cast

The film features a hugely talented ensemble cast who portray the iconic characters we all know and love. Alice Fearn gets the chance to show off her stunning vocal skills whilst Tom Lister and Genevieve Nicole give great performances as the dastardly Captain Hook and the truly evil Wicked Queen respectively. Aston Merrygold of JLS fame surprises with his brilliant acting ability. He shares a heartfelt scene with Martyn Knight, who plays Nanny Nora. Knight’s performance is warming and he completely epitomises the pantomime dame. Twist and Pulse, as well as Flawless, added some great energy to the film with their great dance skills. Aidan O’Neill pulls everything together as Dougie the comic. He is funny and completely understands the genre.


A Tale to Tell is a brilliant celebration of pantomime whilst not stepping on the toes of the various online pantomime productions available. It’s suitable for all ages, whether you’re just a theatre lover or you need to entertain kids for 40 mins.

A Tale to Tell can be watched either on YouTube for free or on Amazon Prime.