Babes in the Wood
article posted 11 Jan 2017
A Pantomime works because the audience
knows the story already, and can therefore
enjoy The originality of each cast's retelling
- with embellishments - of the tale.
The essential ingredients of a pantomime
are sentimentality, magic, cross-dressing,
music and hysterical shouting.
The audience suspends disbelief and works
with The ridiculous characters who poke
fun at themselves, the story and
the topical references.
There is usually a beautiful girl, (played by a
girl), and a handsome man, (played by a
girl) - the Principal Boy, but not today! There
is at least one brash woman, (played by a
man) - the Dame. The plot is generally
helped along with magic. Our audience
today is our magic! There is always a
Baddie, who generally gets their
comeuppance; wait and see!
There is always a happy ending. (Aaaah!)
Audience participation is essential:
Oh yes it is...!