We went to the panto last year, and I knew this year to book our tickets early so we could sit somewhere out of the corner pocket of the theatre — a theatre I love, by the way. I’m a bit exhausted and overwrought by the darkness of the season, but here are a few photos of what was a fun evening out …
Remember that unique English tradition, the pantomime? I really can’t explain it. This year, our local panto included a professional clown, who brought all ages to howls of laughter with his slapstick high jinks.
And because even I will learn if you show me the same thing over and over again (ie, no one just walks in to a restaurant during the holiday season, everything is booked weeks ahead), I booked dinner for the family back when I bought our theatre tickets (in October), and we walked through the holiday-lit solstice darkness for a kid-friendly meal after the show.
It’s been a struggle to get in to the holiday spirit this season, but this yearly tradition is irresistible.
(Have you wondered the whole way through this post what in the world the title means? Pantos have a repeating series of lines that show up in every show, every year. One is a call and response from a character to the audience, along the lines of “If you see so-and-so, you’ll tell me, won’t you?” To which the audience SCREAMS and shouts “He’s right behind you!” The character turns the wrong way, the baddie gets away once again, and everyone yells and howls. It’s totally ridiculous, but so much of England makes more sense after you’ve been to the panto.)