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Paperback, Published in Feb 2014 by Pen & Sword Books

ISBN10: 1844680770 | ISBN13: 9781844680771

Page count: 183

Each Christmas entire families in the UK troop off to see, what one could almost say is theobligatory . annual entertainment, known as Pantomime. It is a traditional, seasonal wayof life for the British envied the world over, and one which only the British seem tounderstand! Pantomime serves both to entertain and to introduce each new generation tothe joys of theater in the most unique of ways, for this is not a type of theater one merelywatches, but one in which the audience participate often in the most seemingly boisterousand bizarre of ways. The whole experience is steeped in tradition, traditions which only theBritish seem to understand, which is probably why we are proud to call it a BritishExperience. In The Pocket Guide to Pantomime Maureen Hughes takes a brief look at the history ofPantomime as well as taking a humorous look at some of the above mentioned traditions; shealso gives a synopsis of each of the well-known Pantomimes whilst exploring the eccentricworld of the characters who appear in them. There is also a short piece on just some of themost well-known and loved of the actors who each Christmas take on the part of PantomimeDames across the UK, as well as a look at others who have contributed to this magical worldof fun and eccentricity. It is thought by some to be frivolous and pointless piece of theater, but a browse through this informative book and you will soon find that Pantomime is an artform all of its own, requiring the most dedicated and talented of actors/actresses who areprepared to honor and perpetuate this wonderful tradition as it is passed down from onegeneration to the next.

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