15th December 2016 – 10 Days to go!
In my opinion, no Christmas is complete without a trip to see the Pantomime! The tradition of a Pantomime (or Panto as it’s usually referred to) is very British and have been extremely popular for over 100 years. They are very regularly based on fairytales and other children’s stories such as Aladdin, Cinderella, Dick Whittington etc and unlike a normal theatre production, audience participation is extremely important within a Pantomime.
Audience members are encouraged to ‘Boo’ whenever they villain comes onto the stage, shout ‘he’s behind you’ at appropriate times and even argue with some characters with shouts of ‘Oh, yes he is’ when the character shouts ‘h, no he isn’t. The ‘fourth wall’ does not exist within a Pantomime and that is what makes them so fun!
Costumes are wildly exaggerated and the jokes are very adult-based humour (which makes it even more enjoyable for the parents/grandparents)! The majority of Panto’s will also include a dame character that is usually played by a male in drag. You can find a Pantomime production is most towns, whether it be a big production or a small local production you can guarantee they will make you laugh and smile throughout.
This year my local town of Bournemouth are hosting a production of ‘Cinderella’ with Tracy Beaker’s Dani Harmer playing the lead role, Rhydian (from X Factor) playing the role of Prince Charming, Melanie Walters (from Gavin and Stacey) playing the role of the Fairy Godmother, Noel Brodie as Buttons, David Ball & Michael Chance as the 2 ugly sisters Daisy & Violet Hardup, David Alcock as Baron Hardup and Gary Jordan as Dandini.
Every single person cast for this production come from an incredible musical and theatre background and this is apparent within the performance.
The production followed the classic story of Cinderella that everyone knows and loves today. The set designs were amazing, my little boy was sat next to me the whole time going ‘pretty lights mummy, pretty lights’, he thoroughly enjoyed joining in with the shouting and loved the dancing and singalong parts as well.
I cannot fault this Panto at all, there were so many interactions with the audience enough to even keep my 2 year old entertained throughout. I would definitely recommend to anyone to go and visit their local Panto this Christmas! Also if you live local to Bournemouth then you can buy tickets to see the one that I saw here, it is running until Monday 2nd January 2017.
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