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Dave Buchanan

The following is reproduced from the Spotlight Publications web site.

Brief biography

Dave Buchanan lives and works in the Kingdom of Fife. He first came to the world of amateur drama playing in a local version of "Babes in the Wood" in 1971, and produced his first panto in 1976. In the mid-80s he wrote a suite of six pantomimes for his local club. In 1995 the six pantos were published by Pedersen Press of Cumbernauld, but he launched his own company two years later under the name Wonderful World of Panto. In 2000 the company was relaunched as Spotlight Publications, with two contributing writers, Mark Rees and himself. Spotlight now employs 50 writers, and has published 170 pantomimes, 22 of which are Dave's own. List of works.


In his own words:-

After twenty years plus in the publishing business Iíve decided to hang up my boots (or should it be tights?) and retire. As Spotlight is a sole ownership, this means that the company will cease trading as from 1st August, 2021. This decision was made on the grounds first, of advancing years, and secondly on the seriously bad trading figures of the last fourteen months.

The business first appeared in the late nineties trading under the name Wonderful World of Panto and soon became Spotlight Publications; it was always intended to be of limited duration. I feel that the time has come to call it a day.

After small beginnings, the venture turned out to be a success story. With the help of a few talented writers Spotlight pantomimes and plays were produced all over the U.K. and abroad: Canada, especially British Columbia and Ontario, Australia and once even in Beijing. Aladdin was produced in Dar Es Salaam by a group of very enthusiastic expats.

Heartfelt thanks are due to our customers, writers, friends and colleagues in AmDram around the U.K.; to SCDA, Stephen Lambert, Ron Nicol, the late Mark Rees, Robin Bailes, Craig Hewlett, Gill Morrell, Joy and Simon Davis, Nancy McPherson, Susan Mosley, Peter Bond, and more recently, Emma Houldershaw and Samantha Cartwright, whose modern panto scripts have proved to be so popular. Thanks also to my friend and colleague Camy McGregor of for his techy knowhow in organising the website.

Customers please note that the scripts will remain in place for viewing up to 1st August, and performing rights for shows booked can be paid up to that date.

Iíve enjoyed every minute of the last twenty odd years with Spotlight, and my final message to customers is Ė break a leg!

And finally

The script for Sinbad the Sailor is still available and can be found by searching by its ISBN codes: 1904930018 and 9781904930013.

Plays we've performed

Sinbad the Sailor (2009)