YOUNG panto fans in South Tyneside can still enjoy the fun long after the final curtain – on their computers and iPads.
The Customs House in South Shields has developed the Panto Maker in partnership with Shoo-Fly Publishing, based in Rainton Bridge, Sunderland.
The magical app enables children to create their very own pantomime.
Emma Horsman, cultural development manager at the Customs House, said: “Children can use fabulous images of real pantomime characters, backgrounds and objects to create a sequence of ‘scenes’ they can save and share.
“Children can add speech bubbles, record their voices on the iPad version, and even photograph themselves acting out scenes, which they can then add into the Panto Maker gallery.
“Parents and teachers can link to the free PDF downloads, with lots of creative ideas on script writing and costume.” The app is suitable for all ages and can be downloaded for free for use on PCs through the Customs House Arts Education website, www.ch-arted.co.uk, or for £1.49 through iTunes for the iPad.
The Panto Maker was made available for the first time last year, and attracted more than 200 downloads from all over the world.
Miss Horsman added: “It is about them having fun with different pantomimes and creating their own stories.
“It can help with story-telling, reading and literacy, but it is really about them using their imaginations and being as creative as they want to be.”
The Customs House pantomime this year is Cinderella and it runs until Sunday, January 5.
Visit www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234 for details.