OH YES HE IS!
IS! IS! IS!
ISN’T! ISN’T! ISN’T!
Have you guessed where I’ve been yet?
Ooh, that reminded me of a certain bearded antipodean chap who was very popular when I was a kid…let’s not dwell on THAT!
So. Where have I been?
To the pantomime !
Some friends of our, an English chap and his Thai partner were chatting with us the other week when the subject of pantos came up. It would appear that in Thailand they don’t have pantos so our Thai friend had no idea what we were talking about. Of course the shout was, “Let’s all go, to the pantomime, it’ll be great for the cultural experience and it might be also useful for the citizenship exam.”
That’s how Boofuls, me, a gay couple and my Devon bestie all ended up at the pantomime along with a smallish child, Munki, who had also never been to a good old English arived on the doorstep of the theatre. Actually, with that lot we already had most of the ingredients to make our own pantomime. (Oh no you didn’t…..Oh yes we did…actually, that’s starting to get a bit old now).
For regular readers of this blog, you may be surprised to hear that Munki is now a clever, opinionated and very vocal nine year old. For non regular readers, Munki is our granddaughter.
The panto, Cinderella, was performed by a local amateur dramatics group and it was BRILLIANT! It had all the right ingredients. Ugly sisters, Buttons, a fairy godmother, songs, dances and lots of shouting.
As good as it was though the real entertainment was sitting right next to me in the theatre. No, not Boofuls, Munki!
She was enthralled by the whole thing and I was enthralled watching her. Normally she is a little bit reticent about becoming involved in things and especially in the company of people she doesn’t know very well. Last night she joined in with every second of it. Bizarrely enough, it was made even better by the fact that she forgot her glasses.
Well, because she forgot her glasses she wasn’t able to see the wires attached to the fairy godmother enabling her to fly around the stage. Munki’s face was a picture! She bounced forward in her seat, eyes like saucers, almost screeching with delight “How? How, Nanny? Nanny, LOOK!”
“It’s magic, love.”
She shouted in all the right places. She was booing and hissing at the baddies and clapping along with the songs, even when no one else was. She loved every second of it. Mind you, what’s not to love about a song called, ‘eggs, sausage, chips and beans’? Every now and then she would bounce out of her seat and look at me with a look of pure joy on her face.
When the glitter ball projected stars round the theatre I thought she was going to fall off her seat trying to catch them.
The best bit of all for me was during the scene in the ballroom. The dancers were there in their showgirl outfits, plumed feathery headdresses and high cut leotards. Exactly as the music stopped Munki said really loudly, “Well, THEY shouldn’t be at the ball, Nanny. They’re in their SWIMMING COSTUMES!” Oh! Laugh? I nearly bought a round!
Almost as funny was our Thai friend sitting with his face looking as bemused as Munki’s was joyful. He clearly had no idea what was going on and didn’t ‘get ‘ it at all. I think the whole thing just made him uncomfortable.
It’s been a very odd festive season this year but last night at the panto was definitely the best part of the whole thing. There can be very little in life more precious than seeing a small child totally caught up in the magic of a pantomime.
It certainly made it magical for me.
OHHHHHHHH NO IT DIDN”T………