So disaster strikes. Or rather something has struck my back and I have been literally floored by acute back pain. Was sent to A&E yesterday and they sent me home with drugs to rest as I can hardly walk. Not even being used to alcohol, the drugs sent me on a trip last night. It still hurt like hell, but I didn’t care!!LOL!
Oh NO! Have to get on that plane to Paris.
Still, making the most of my enforce lying on the sofa watching pre Christmas TV, I was highly entertained by a celebrity pantomime. Ciniderella on ITV2. this is great because I have not been able to go to a pantomime this year.
For those foreigners out the I should explain that a panto is a uniquely British traditional Chirstmas family entertainment. There is usually one on in every theatre in the land.
Based on a traditional fairy story like Cinderella, Aladdin, Puss in Boots, Jack and the beanstalk or Snow White, a panto always has the same elements.
A young pretty celebrity heroine
A young handsome lead male often a prince, ( traditionally also played by a girl but that is changing now.)
A “baddy” evil stepmother or king.
one or two men dressed as comic women characters, “ugly sister or mother”.
A good character who grants wishes,” a fairy godmother.”
An important part of the whole thing is audience participation. Where the audience can hiss, boo, cheer heckle and give certain traditional responses to the main characters.
The main characters always fall in love but there is some obstacle there will always be “transformation” scene where the fairy godmother works her magic and it all ends happily ever after. There is lot s of laughter and song in between before ending with a big celebration, ball or party.
If all that seems complicated here is the youtube video to just to explain.
Settle down take some time and enjoy………
and to continue, introducing the ugly sisters.
and the Fairy godmother
Part four and the rest, if you are still interested.