If you asked people what a pantomime was, many of them would define it as something related to farce. This is partly true, since the origin of the theatrical term derives from the way the actors in this kind of theatre interpret their roles. From the dame, the baddie and all the way up to the usual eponymous hero, from the bad jokes to the tear-jerking ending, pantomime is a typical theatrical English genre put on stage in the run up to Christmas. Oh yes it is!
We could consider pantomime, or panto as it is more informally called, as halfway between commedia dell’arte and Baroque Theatre. It’s typically British in its execution in which the corny jokes, both for children and adult alike; the colourful staging, wonderful dances and catchy songs are protagonists. They nearly all have a rags to riches story in which the hero has to face the bad guys and return home having saved the day! A happy ending of course.
the corny jokes, both for children and adult alike; the colourful staging, wonderful dances and catchy songs are protagonists
There are many necessary ingredients to putting on a pantomime. Perhaps the most important is the cast. Here at Networks Theatre, we have almost twenty years of experience! So, thanks to people like Nick Moore, director writer, actor and founder of Networks Theatre and the ridiculously talented artist and costume designer Dennis Carpenter (who never fails to wow us all with his work, show after show) add to that the large number of talented students from our language academy who have amazing English and participate in the main roles, as well as in the dance crew… it’s thanks to them we end up having a well-polished product and we feel proud of the quality of the shows that go from strength to strength every year.
Here at Networks Theatre, we have almost twenty years of experience!
This year Networks Theatre celebrates having produced 100 shows. To commemorate such a milestone, a new pantomime entitled Puss in Boots is being presented. The work has a cast of 25 actors and actresses, as well as the Nick Moore taking on the role of the dame. The tickets are available on the website and the shows are at the end of this very month. The price of tickets is 10 Euros for adults and 5 for students and children.
There are many pantos presented all over the region. But the Networks panto now in its 17th year is the real deal! It’d be a shame to miss such a unique show. Come and see us and don’t miss it for the world!