December 10th – Pantomimes.

Oh no I didn't... Oh yes I did!

Oh no I didn’t… Oh yes I did!

Yes, like the crackers, it’s another one of those xmas traditions that seems to have no relation to xmas itself whatsoever. Or does it??? I did my usual extensive research on the subject (wikipedia) and the name goes back to ancient Greek theatre whilst what that word refers to has evolved since then into what we get today. A strange and inexplicable blend of fairy story, cross-dressing, slapstick comedy and audience participation. Wikipedia implies that some of the elements of modern pantomime stem from pre-xian* and pagan traditions, so in a way pantos have been round even longer than xmas itself in Britain too. Wow!

I saw a few amateur pantomime productions when I was younger, then went to see a large scale one at a fancy theatre in Manchester when I was about 15. It was a performance of Jack And The Beanstalk starring the 1970s & ’80s television “entertainer” Russ Abbot and his comedy entourage. During the show, he managed to shoehorn in a rendition of his most successful chart hit ‘Atmosphere’ and I’d like to share it with you now…

Sorry…

Xmassy or not, the main thing about pantomimes is that children love them, so they’re OK by me 🙂

Until tomorrow… ses x

*Xian = christian since xmas = christmas…