My wife recently finished directing a pantomime for a local theatre group, Trimley Saints Players, called “May the Farce be With You!”.
It was an unusual mix of Jack and the Beanstalk and Star Wars… yes I know, but trust me it worked really well.
The show was a great success and was very funny with a number of outstanding performances.
My 3 little Herberts and my niece and nephew all went to watch the show but it appears to have had a lasting effect on my middle son more than the others.
He’s never been shy about performing at the drop of a hat, in fact I have video of him dancing in front of various mirrors in various department stores over the last few years (All ready for his friends to watch on his 18th) 🙂
Anyway, he has now decided that he too would like to be in a panto, and not one to start small he wants to be the Dame!!
Some Dads may be a little concerned that their 10 year old wants to go on stage wearing make-up and a dress and pretend to be a woman.
Me, I think it’s pretty awesome!!
Playing the Role
The character in question is Mrs Fieldmouse and the show is Thumeblina being put on by another local theatre group for juniors.
There were a lot of children at the read through and some of them put in very convincing performances for a 1st/2nd read so he has his work cut out for him.
Obviously he’ll need to put in a great performance to get the part, but just the fact that he’s prepared to go for it to me is what counts.
For me, the Dame is the real star of a Pantomime no matter what the story or who the lead is “supposed” to be.
They play with the audience more than any other character and they are always the one you remember as you leave the theatre.
So here’s hoping that he can put in the practise and take the stage by storm!
No need to Rupologise
To me the fact that he’s not afraid to be different and step outside the box is just fantastic.
I hate gender stereotypes and we’ve always told our boys that they can be whoever they want to be. That they should never apologise for being true to themselves no matter what others think.
We’ve never tried to make them fit into a particular mould or make them feel awkward about being who they want to be.
My Eldest is 13 and regularly watches Ru Paul’s Drag Race with us because we feel it’s important to understand that people come in all shapes and sizes and not to judge someone from how they look or how they dress etc.
I’m not just talking about guys who do drag or what someone’s sexual preferences are either.
Society loves to label people and pigeon hole them into this box or that box. You can see it on people’s faces sometimes that they think a certain way about someone from outward appearances.
My wife for instance has begun work on two sleeves (W.I.P.) and a leg piece. She also has brightly coloured hair and loves vintage clothes.
Tattoo sleeves on a woman with lilac hair and 50’s clothing…that’s not a normal some would say…
Fuck normal I say!!
So dear readers I’ll leave you with this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson …
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Till next time.