Sunday, January 19, 2014

Panto at the Gaiety

Today we had matinee tickets for this year's "Panto," Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, at the Gaiety theatre.

The Gaiety Theatre

I remember going to the Panto at the Gaiety as a kid and was very excited to return with my own children. According to the Gaiety's website, they have been hosting the yearly Panto since 1873! This is what the site has to say about the history of Panto:

"The pantomime first arrived in England as entr’actes between opera pieces, eventually evolving into separate shows. In Restoration England, a pantomime was considered a low form of Opera, rather like the Commedia dell ‘Arte but with out Harlequin (much like French Vaudeville). Harlequin is the leading character often seen in panto.

Pantomime can now be seen throughout the world and, most commonly in Ireland, each year in The Gaiety Theatre. Traditionally performed at Christmas and New Year, with audiences consisting mainly of children and parents, Irish pantomime is now a traditionally popular form of theatre incorporating song, dance, buffoonery, slapstick, cross-dressing, in-jokes, audience participation and mild sexual innuendo. There are a number of traditional story-lines and a fairly well-defined set of performance conventions."

You can go to the Gaiety's website to

We had a great time! We were all thoroughly impressed (even DH, who is always quite frugal with compliments.) The production was really first-rate. The sets and costumes were beautiful. The singing and dancing (they sing a familiar set of tunes from the history of pop music generally, with words re-written to suit the story) was very entertaining and of course the kids loved the slapstick and buffoonery. All in all, there was something for everyone to enjoy and we had a lovely afternoon.

You can watch the television ad for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" on youtube. Already looking forward to next year's Panto, Peter Pan.

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