From Theatre to YouTube Kids: How Our Sitcom for Kids Went Online! - Monkey Trousers Theatre

From Theatre to YouTube Kids: How Our Sitcom for Kids Went Online!

Lights, camera... action! With theatres closed, we had to move our entertainment for kids online. Read on to find out more about our popular theatrical sitcom, Mr Gotalot's Gotalot Shop, now on YouTube Kids!

Our Theatrical Sitcom for Kids: Starting Out

The first episode of Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop was The Pants of Power, which we wrote, produced and rehearsed in a few months, before the inaugural performances in April 2015. Our intentions were to make the first and best theatrical sitcom for kids in Bristol – and over the last six years that’s exactly what we’ve done!

There are now eight episodes – The Pants of Power, The Snot Rocket, The Chinchilla Thriller, Santa School, The Great British Cheese Off, The Cheese Burglar, The Crystal Cheese, and The Cheese Party – and each one tells the ongoing stories of magical shopkeeper Mr Gotalot, his very enthusiastic shop assistant Sidney, and their nemesis the horrible landlady Ms Barnet, with various guest characters along the way, of course.

Ms Barnet presents her evil plan while Mr Gotalot and Sidney listen in at kid's theatre show The Cheese Party.
Ms Barnet presents her evil plan. (The Cheese Party)

But then at the start of the pandemic, the theatres closed – oh no! Suddenly we had to rethink everything – how were we going to keep going with our theatrical sitcom for kids if we had no venues to perform in?

Moving Online: Making Funny Videos for Kids

Luckily we were able to bubble up and continue working together during the pandemic. We decided to switch from live performance to videos for kids – which meant coming up with ideas for the videos, and then writing, filming, and editing them! We knew we wanted them to be funny, silly, and entertaining, so there are lots of singalongs, sketches, and even a quiz show or three… all featuring characters from Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop.

Teddy the Bear & Harry the Hedgehog teach counting at kid's sitcom online.
Teddy the Bear and Harry the Hedgehog.

But what about our theatrical sitcom for kids? All our videos so far have been sketches – which means they’re quick to watch, and stand alone; they’re not part of an ongoing story. However, we also wanted to create an extra-special online edition of our very awesome sitcom for kids, so we have come up with just that!

Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop: The Lockdown is our first short film and the ninth episode of our theatrical sitcom for kids. The first one to be exclusively online, only on our YouTube channel Gotalot TV. We have been working on it for a long time, because we want it to be absolutely brilliant for all of our Gotalot fans!

The Lockdown: Our official teaser trailer!

 

A Sitcom for Kids: Only on Gotalot TV!

Anyone can watch the ninth episode of our kid’s sitcom Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop – there’s no need to have seen the previous eight (though you can read all about them on this website!). The Lockdown tells the story of what Mr Gotalot has been up to during the pandemic – the Gotalot Shop was closed to customers, obvs, but online sales have definitely kept Mr G and Sidney very, very busy. Find out how Ms Barnet throws a spanner in the works by placing an urgent order… go to Gotalot TV and watch the episode now!

Mr Gotalot's Gotalot Shop Title image with Ms Barnet, Sidney and Mr Gotalot.

Our online channel Gotalot TV can be found on YouTube Kids, and that’s where we have put all our funny videos for kids. You can like the videos and even subscribe to our channel! We want to make more videos for kids – maybe even a tenth episode of our sitcom – so if you like what you watch, support us by subscribing and sharing our funny videos with everyone you know.

We will be back in theatres with episode eight of Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop: The Cheese Party sometime later this year – keep an eye on our social media for more news. Till then, check out all our videos for free on Gotalot TV!

 

If you would like to donate to Monkey Trousers Theatre, to help keep our online children’s theatre channel running and help us prepare for when we are able to perform again, you can do so on our Donate page.

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Fran Lewis

Fran spends a great deal of her time concocting stories for Monkey Trousers Theatre about Mr Gotalot and his magical shop.

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