If you’ve yet to spend Christmas in either Ireland or the UK, then you probably haven’t come across the delightful experience of Pantomime.
This particular form of theatrical production only crosses our stages around Christmas time, and it’s the ideal family outing. The plays tend to centre around a well-known fairy-tale or fable which has been retold amidst a chaotic blend of topical humour, cultural references and good old-fashioned slapstick.
There’s singing, dancing and plenty of audience participation, with refrains such as “he’s behind you” anytime a villain creeps into the scene; “Oh no it isn’t”, anytime an actor has the audacity to claim something in actual fact IS ; and just general booing, hissing and cheering depending on the character who happens to be onstage at the time.
While the performances are mainly aimed at children, they’ll always be plenty of sly jokes flying over their heads to keep the adults entertained. However, be prepared to duck, as it’s not just witticisms that shoot out left right and centre – water, sweets and treats have been known to be flung into the audience with relatively short notice…
St Stephen’s Day