Sarah A. Nixon & Mark Chatterton
Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton are the writing team behind the Liverpool Everyman Theatre’s perennial hit THE ROCK 'N' ROLL PANTO. They began their panto career with CINDERELLA for the Oldham Coliseum, which broke all box office records, saving the theatre from closure. Since then, they have written high-energy, modern pantomimes for The Everyman, Derby Playhouse, Wakefield Theatre Royal, Stratford East Theatre Royal and others. 2019's SLEEPING BEAUTY for the Everyman was their 19th show and broke all previous box office records. The SNOW QUEEN, BEAUTY & THE BEAST and LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD were the latest in a long list of popular panto titles, including: CINDERELLA!; SHE LOVES SHOE YEAH YEAH YEAH!!; RAPUNZEL!; HAIRWAY TO HEAVEN!; DICK WHITTINGTON!; GREAT BALLS OF FUR!; SLEEPING CUTIE!; WAKE UP LITTLE SNOOZY!; MOTHER GOOSE! and ROCK AROUND THE CLUCK!.
Their list of Panto scripts also include traditional versions. They wrote THE TWEE MUSKETEERS! and A ROCK & ROLL CAPER! (where Rock ‘n’ Roll Fairies meet the Dumas classic) for Central School of Speech and Drama. The following year they also wrote RED, THE WOLF SLAYER! and A DARK AND DISTURBING TAIL!, also for Central School of Speech and Drama. They are currently working on a fairy-free version of the MUSKETEERS with original songs and ROBIN HOOD for Everyman Theatre 2020/21.
Reviews of their work:
“An excellent sparkling script which is clean as a whistle, packed with daft jokes, magic and a beautiful original take on the story. It also manages what few Cinderella scripts aren’t prepared to risk properly these days, plenty of heart tugging pathos." Manchester Evening News
“Nixon and Chatterton's ability to entertain on two levels and have a room full of hundreds of kids and adults both dying of laughter is a testament to their remarkable power as writers.” Sound and Vision
“Stalwarts of rock n roll panto for more than a decade, they manage to pitch it perfectly. All I can say is wow." The Echo
"And that's the point of a Nixon/Chatterton panto, it makes its own rules, then breaks them, takes itself to court, gets banged up, escapes again, while other panto's are still shouting “Hello boys and girls!” Chester Record
“They really must be considered the absolute pinnacle of pantomime theatre writing”
“Excellent family entertainment.” The Stage
Sarah and Mark have also written a number of award-winning short dramas for The Highways Agency and Centrica.