Go­ing to a panto

Do you know what hap­pens in some British the­atres at Christ­mas? It’s panto sea­son. VANESSA CLARK presents lan­guage to talk about go­ing to a pantomime.

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What is a pantomime?

Pan­tomimes are loud, brightly coloured shows, with singing, danc­ing and gen­eral crazi­ness. Most are based on tra­di­tional tales, such as Cinderella or Jack and the

Beanstalk. Ev­ery pantomime has cer­tain stock char­ac­ters, with many of the main parts given to TV stars.

The ab­so­lute star of ev­ery panto is the dame, al­ways played by a man in drag. The dame is usu­ally a widow, and she will pick on a man in the front row of the au­di­ence to flirt with and make jokes about.

The prin­ci­pal boy is the hero of the panto and is tra­di­tion­ally played by a young wo­man in tights, thigh boots and a short cos­tume. At the end of the play, he mar­ries the prin­ci­pal girl, and they both live hap­pily ever af­ter.

The evil vil­lain al­ways en­ters from stage left (the right from the au­di­ence’s point of view), whereas the good fairy al­ways comes on from stage right. This tra­di­tion dates back to me­dieval times, when the two sides of the stage rep­re­sented heaven and hell.

The pantomime horse (or cow or camel) is played by two ac­tors in one cos­tume. Like all the two-legged char­ac­ters, the an­i­mal has to dance in the grand fi­nale, which is usu­ally a wed­ding scene.

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