What is Panto?

Hansel, Gretel, and Barbra

What is Panto?

Panto began in blah blah blah, Google it. Seriously. There’s a lot of information on this magnificent show style, with traditions dating back to Willie the Shakes(peare). It’s a lot of typing, and WE’RE WORKING HERE! Go and have a look. Spread out and do some research. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantomime

Find us at a performance and impress us with your new knowledge of commedia dell’arte.

Don’t actually do that.

Shout outs – who/what/when/where/why/how

*Cheering/booing/hissing – In panto, there are “goodies” and “baddies”. Cheer the heroes when they do something good. Boo and hiss the baddies when they do bad things. These reactions were common in Shakespearean theatre and are now an expected part of British pantos.

*“Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is” – A routine chant used when an actor says either “oh no it isn’t” or “oh yes it is” and the audience is encouraged to shout the opposite. The shout is normally repeated three times, lead by the actor.

*“It’s right behind you!” – When an actor is looking for something, or a villain is creeping up on a hero, and the audience can clearly see whatever it is behind them. A crowd favorite, every time.

We’ll have other moments of interactions with the audience. Show up ready for anything. We’ll keep surprising you, in the good way!

Snow White and the Five Housemates
Panto Primer

“Oh no I’m not! Oh yes you are!”

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