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

Been to any?

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Vendor - 28 Dec 2018 21:21:39 (#5 of 24)

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 24)

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 24)

Oh no they weren't!

(sorry!)

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Tenesmus - 21 Jan 2019 00:58:13 (#9 of 24)

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 24)

Yes, kids definitely shouldn’t be exposed to ELP

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OldLefty - 21 Jan 2019 17:25:10 (#13 of 24)

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

popperhead - 21 Jan 2019 17:50:04 (#14 of 24)

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 24)

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.

SinnerBoy - 07 Apr 2019 16:49:04 (#16 of 24)

I'm almost 49 and have never been to a pantomime. My wife took our daughter, last year and the year before.

darkhorse - 07 Apr 2019 17:14:42 (#17 of 24)

I'm almost 49 and have never been to a pantomime

Well, never mind. It’s behind you.

SinnerBoy - 07 Apr 2019 17:17:49 (#18 of 24)

If I'm not away at work this Christmas, I'll take her.

popperhead - 07 Apr 2019 17:40:19 (#19 of 24)

Oh no you won't ...

uranrising - 07 Apr 2019 19:24:18 (#20 of 24)

Oh yes he will, won't he, children?

dreams99 - 22 Dec 2019 20:13:49 (#21 of 24)

Just been to 3rd panto in 3 years at Greenwich theatre, and this was the best yet. Andrew pollard writing again, for the 14th year, and starring as the dame, lots of musical numbers, great sets and costumes, plus the usual audience participation. Loved it.

Bromiohoho - 22 Dec 2019 20:29:48 (#22 of 24)

This 3D thing intrigues me. When they finish the 3D sequences do the actors then become 2D? How does that work?

Vendor - 23 Dec 2019 19:06:18 (#23 of 24)

The 3D thing involved dropping a white screen on the backdrop then projecting a 3D film onto the screen. Then fucking the screen off and bringing the actors back on.

We're not bothering with Hull this year, as the last couple of years have been shit. This year, the headline star of the panto is none other than 1972's Robin Askwith.

popperhead - 23 Dec 2019 21:32:54 (#24 of 24)

The 3d in the GoH Belfast felt a lot more sophisticated than that, you did get told when to pupt your glasses on but then a lot of stuff (bats, dragons, etc) really seemed to fly off the stage at you. Probably the same technology but, even though it was all computer game graphics, the effect was quite impressive and certainly impressed the youngsters.

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