Make magical memories this panto season

Panto season is nearly here, oh yes it is! Primary Times explores some top tips to help with planning a perfect family day out…

Pantomimes in the UK usually begin around this time of year and run up until the New Year or into early January. Based around well-known children’s stories or fairy tales, pantomime performances tend to be a blend of British and continental traditions, and are a popular type of musical comedy stage production designed to entertain all the family!

What makes a pantomime fun?

Pantomime is rooted in British theatre, loved by a variety of ages and generations, but what makes a pantomime so great? If you’re off to the theatre this winter, there are a few key panto characteristics to be familiar with. These can include a good versus evil storyline, typically slapstick comedy, improvisation, dazzling, colourful and eccentric costumes and lots of audience participation! Generally, although traditionally aimed at children, pantomime shows have something for everyone to enjoy.

Tips and tricks for families:

Plan ahead
Preparation is key and with younger children, sometimes a quick exit can be needed. Book seats near an aisle or a nearby toilet or changing area if you can. Make sure you’ve discussed the theatre experience together beforehand so that children know what to expect, and take some quiet snacks with you just in case!

Immerse yourselves
Get into the panto spirit! Share your excitement and hopes for the performance on the way there and discuss the characters, themes and highlights on your journey home. Dress up as your favourite characters, act out the story, sing songs, and make the most of the festivities and family fun afterwards!

Organise a group trip with family and friends
Due to panto’s universal appeal, this is the perfect time to gather a group together for a trip to the theatre! Whether it’s an evening of nostalgic entertainment or taking in the magic of visiting with your own children for the first time, be sure to treasure the memories closely. Venues may also sometimes offer discounted tickets for larger groups too!

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