Thursday, December 18, 2008


Mrs C and I treated ourselves to the annual panto at Nottingham
Playhouse last night... recommended to us by several people who'd
been to see it already. Widow Twanky was played by the veteran
actor, Kenneth Alan Taylor, who celebrates his 25th year this year,
playing the Dame and directing the show.

We've been to two shows over the 25 years and also to a panto at
Derby Playhouse, when our girls were younger. I think they all
felt embarrassed by the fact that I used to join in, booing the
baddie and shouting out: "He's behind you!", etc, etc. Well, I
like to join in the fun, and let my hair down (what's left of it).

Our daughter, L, sent Mrs C a text when she heard we were going:
"Oh no - Dad will be making a fool of himself, again!"

Aladdin's a brilliant show ... wonderful in all respects. There's
some very funny ad-libbing from the main actors, from KAT in
particular, when he poked fun at the parents while interviewing five
children from the audience towards the end of the show.

There were the usual jokes based on the rivalry between the
local football teams, and a joke about Aladdin being transported
to a "a dark, cold, miserable and desolate place ~~~ Derby."

The funniest sketch was based on the famous ice-skating dance by
Torvill and Dean in the 1984 Olympics, with KAT dancing with the
bad guy (who was a reformed character, by this time in the show),
.. dancing as lovers.


Little A came over to see us earlier this week, with her mum and
baby brother, and stayed for lunch with us. A didn't eat much food,
as she was below par with a cold. However, like most kids, she likes
sweets ~ chocolate in particular. So when Mrs C offered her some
fruit to eat ... (A was holding Teddy at this moment in time, and
was looking around for goodies to eat) ...

"Teddy want something else!"

"Would Teddy like a clementine?"

"Would Teddy like an apple?"

""Would Teddy like some chocolate?"
"YES, Yes, Yes!", replied A, waving Teddy around very enthusiastically.


Anonymous lom said...

I love a bit of audience participation

6:22 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

oh yes, you HAVE to join in!

10:14 AM  
Blogger justin said...

LOM & Lettuce ~ yes, it's great to be kids again. Hi Lettuce - many thanks for dropping in.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Kimber said...

The scant knowledge I have about pantomimes (we don't have them here in Canada) I learned from reading Adrian Mole books. Which is to say - I haven't really a clue what they are! So...what are they, exactly?

11:59 PM  
Blogger justin said...

Hi Kimber ... good to hear from you.

Pantos are comedy shows for kids (and older kids like me), loosely based on stories such as Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk,
Dick Whittington and Aladdin. Wikipedia & Google will give you loads more info on these.

I'm surprised that you don't have them where you live.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Kimber said...

Maybe I just haven't looked in the right spot? Merry Christmas to you and yours!

4:10 AM  

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