Posted on November 22, 2019 by Louise Howland
Godalming Professional Panto will be showing their first panto for all the family and here at ramsac, we have the honour of sponsoring it. The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk will take you on a magical adventure to panto land, where Jack begins his journey to defeat the Evil Giant. Come along and enjoy a wonderfully filled night of entertainment right here in Godalming. All the family can sing, laugh and dance. This local event will be great to attend so make sure you don’t miss out!
According to the Evil Giant, the panto will be “be a bigger success than I am!”
This is our first time sponsoring a panto and it got us talking in the office about where the traditions around panto came from, so we decided to share the top facts we found out.
What’s in a name?
Pantomime means “all kinds” of “mime” (panto-mime) and was developed from Italian street theatre in the 16th century with a range of comedic moments and characters.
He’s behind you!
Pantos always have a hero and a villain, this mirrors the tradition of good vs evil, in medieval times the evil villains enter from the dark side (stage left) and the good characters enter from the good side (stage right) representing heaven and hell.
Widow Twanky and Panto Dames!
Pantomime dames are usually male, this links to the tradition that occurred in the 19th century as cross-dressing had been a part of the theatrical tradition from early days. Also, Principal boy traditionally was played by a female (although this is less common now) apparently the reason for this it gave an early 20th-century actress the rare opportunity to wear a costume revealing the legs covered only in tights, potentially increasing the size of the audience!
It’s a mystery
One thing we couldn’t figure out is why Pantos are always at Christmas if you know why tweet us at @ramsac_ltd
Tickets are £22 General Sale and £20 concessions (including booking fees). The pantomime will be held at Godalming Borough Hall, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HY.Book tickets here