‘Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is’.

Pantomime grew out of Music Hall and by the late 19th and early 20th centuries they became the home of pantomime.

When you think of our current world of TV, DVDs and computers it is probably difficult to understand that the only popular entertainment of the time was Music Halls, which were hugely popular.

Pantomime allowed the great comedy performers of the era to thrive in the informal and unrestricted world that pantomime gave them. This led to the great male comedy actors putting on a lurid dress, a wig and some very bad make-up, which instantly got huge laughs. This was the arrival of the Dame, now a fixture in every pantomime.  As the Dame’s popularity grew, he was obviously a man dressed up as a woman, a matron-like mother, always trying to find a new husband. The fact that the Dame was a man was exaggerated, not disguised, and led to the principle boy being an attractive girl dressed up as a boy, showing lots of leg, obviously to keep the dads interested! These gender reversals made pantomime unique.

As everything in Pantomime originated from Music Hall, audience participation became inevitable, leading the phrases such as ‘Oh no it isn’t”, “Oh yes it is’ and of course ‘It’s behind you’. These catchphrases pulled the audience into the shows, and is was what made it a unique genre.

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