Pantomime in its present form of being based on a fairy tale, having cross-dressing, audience participation (particularly children), slapstick, and topical and sometimes mildly suggestive humour, was developed mainly in Britain from early Italian commedia dell’arte. Such typical pantomimes have also been present in Canada, but in America only to a limited extent.
The tradition has been kept alive and well in Durban for a decade by KickstArt, whose latest production Jack and the Beanstalk opened to a packed house last night at the Sneddon Theatre.
Acting, dancing, singing, sets, effects, puppets, lighting, and music and sound were all to the very high standards which have won award after award for the Company.
As I have been able to do in previous years, I can heartily recommend that local residents and visitors avail themselves of this opportunity between now and 5th January for a top-class and thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours of entertainment.
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