A visit to the pantomime during the Christmas season is a tradition in our family and it was made even more enjoyable this year as our 10 year-old grandson who goes to weekend stage school and has entertained us all year in several major theatrical productions, including the character of Oliver in 'Oliver!', is taking part in 'Peter Pan' in his home city. He's playing the part of Curly, one of the Lost Boys in Neverland and he does it with his usual gusto. It was a lovely day out as we went in a big family group and the mixture of song, dance, comedy, lighting and fantastic costumes with Peter Pan flying over the audience on hidden wires and doing gymnastics was magical. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed during and after the performances. Our daughter-in-law has been hired to be one of the chaperones as the children are strictly supervised. There are three teams of four who perform on a rota. Our grandson is one of the youngest in the show, but is showing singing and acting talent and really enjoys the theatrical atmosphere and teamwork, but just as importantly is doing well with his academic schoolwork.
The pirate theme was adopted by our own city this year in one of the piazzas where some models were set up by the fountains.
I wonder if you will be going to see a pantomime this year? It's quite a British tradition which evolved from the seasonal medieval plays and then combined with ideas from the Italian Commedia del'Arte. In modern times the versions have been taken from popular fairy tales and children's books.