A couple of photos and a write-up from the recent Aldbourne production of my Aladdin pantomime. I’m delighted that everyone had a good time.
Jo Hutchings - Aldbourne Archive
Oh, no it isn’t – Oh, yes it is!
Did you experience the return of pantomime to the Memorial Hall stage? A fantastic production and enjoyable occasion all round. I passed the Hall during the (fully booked) matinee and heard the audience very much playing their part.
Many congratulations to all concerned!
Aladdin was following in a fine tradition of light-hearted plays in Aldbourne. However, it’s tricky to pinpoint the first panto (if anyone has any details to share, it would be great to hear from you).
In the first decade of the twentieth century a tradition of Fairy Plays arose, inspired (according to Mr Google) by Féerie, that had its roots in France. Here in Aldbourne, this seems to have taken the form of performances like “Jack & The Beanstalk”…
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