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Started by fenderstrat on Dec 27, 2018 11:35:51 AM
Pantos

Been to any?

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fenderstrat - 27 Dec 2018 11:40:07 (#1 of 15)

I've been to two Cinderellas - Opera House at Manchester and Royal Court in Liverpool for Scouse Cinderella.

Both good entertainment. Gareth Gates at Manc, lots of fireworks and dance. Professional but let down by the ugly sisters. I think they wewre off the telly, but we don't have one so I didn't have a clue. Piss poor, though.

Royal Court. Seated at a table in the stalls, front row, a decent meal before curtain up. All a bit low budget - set looked a bit wobbly and so on - but very, very funny. Ugly sisters really, really ugly, very foul-mouthed and very funny.

My vote for the scousers.

postie - 27 Dec 2018 13:37:27 (#2 of 15)

aladdin in swindon included a "joke" i heard as saying that "my favourite spice girl was Hepatitis C". wishing that i had had the speed of thought to yell out that that wasn't funny

airynothing - 28 Dec 2018 20:06:53 (#3 of 15)

I saw a fairly classic Dick Whittington in Weymouth, but no principal boy. Is that an extinct tradition, do people think?

Dubris - 28 Dec 2018 20:19:59 (#4 of 15)

None of the posters for pantos that I've seen have included a principal boy. Most disappointing.

Mindyou, Canterbury's panto is Cinderella and the poster doesn't even say who's playing the title role.

Vendor - 28 Dec 2018 21:21:39 (#5 of 15)

Cinderella in Hull, starring Anita Dobson and Bernie Clifton. More like a series of individual sketches than a coherent narrative. They issue 3D glasses at the interval and have a 5 minute 'race through the enchanted forest' which seemed to be the only thing about the whole event my son remembered, 24 hours later.



Tomorrow, it's Jack and the Beanstalk in Bridlington starring Star Trek's Marina Sirtis.

dreams99 - 28 Dec 2018 21:29:35 (#6 of 15)

Been the last two years to the one in Greenwich, written by and starring Andrew pollard as the dame. A lot of fun, the key words are 'gusto' and 'camp', which us as it should be. My daughter's birthday is 2 days before Xmas, so we've gond as a birthday treat twice, didn't realise last year that they do shoutouts at the end, got it right this year. My partner grew up in Australia and had never gone to a pantomime until last year, so she enjoyed it a lot.

When I was a kid I went to a few involving my cousins, two of whom were in panto for about 60 consecutive seasons.

Vendor - 28 Dec 2018 21:35:45 (#7 of 15)

Oh no they weren't!

(sorry!)

YorenInTheNorth - 21 Jan 2019 00:48:00 (#8 of 15)

Been to my local Am Dram groups performance of Dick Whittington.

I'll be honest and say Pantos are not my thing but it was good fun and the children enjoyed it. Plus learned my colleague has a really good singing voice.

Tenesmus - 21 Jan 2019 00:58:13 (#9 of 15)

Brian Blessed and Michaela Strachan. She was Peter Pan and zip wired landing right next to us. She's very pretty.

A midnight performance of an adults only one with Jim Davidson. They were drunk, it was quite funny and I don't think he did any racist stuff. It involved a Sinclair C5 and Tarkus by Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

TRaney - 21 Jan 2019 06:52:59 (#10 of 15)

Yes, kids definitely shouldn’t be exposed to ELP

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OldLefty - 21 Jan 2019 17:25:10 (#13 of 15)

There was an amateur one in our village hall. Nor bad considering.

popperhead - 21 Jan 2019 17:50:04 (#14 of 15)

The last two years I've taken jr. to the Grand Opera House pantos in Belfast. He enjoys them, but for me they are not very traditional and very, very expensive. At least last year they had a 3D section which was impressive (and for several years before that - I first took him about seven/eight years ago and the 3D was too much for him - so we've been hitting other kids theatre in the intervening years i.e. The Lyric for those who know the scene), but for some reason they seem to have dropped it this year for the first time in ages which again was really dissapointing.

May McFettridge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Linehan_(entert
ainer)
) has played the Dame for forever it seems, with the result that a lot of the humour is achingly local to NI (we live abroad so maybe this isn't a fair criticism) but well over 50% of the jokes seem to require knowing which towns/localities in NI are posh/culchie/republican/etc so the jokes sail over his - and often my - head.

Having said all that it seems to get booked out so far in advance that it is always a struggle to get seats if you're not sure more than six months in advance of your travel dates.

I'll keep taking him, as like a true ex-pat I really like him to understand aspects of the culture that he wouldn't otherwise. Our/my favourite has been the televised Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which again is another meta level of panto but really hilarious - check it out online if you don't know it.

popperhead - 21 Jan 2019 18:28:38 (#15 of 15)

Just checked the link I posted and discovered that "Linehan has topped the bill as his character in the Christmas Pantomime in the Grand Opera House in Belfast for twenty-eight consecutive years" which is a lot longer than I had thought.

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